An ancient chapel built during the 16th century Portuguese colonial period in historic Malacca will finally be restored by the local authorities.
466-year-old chapel set to undergo restoration
The Star, 25 March 2015
Lent 2015 brought cheer to thousands of Catholics here with news that the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) will be restored, ending its days of neglect.
Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) has received the go-ahead from the management of St Peter’s Church of Malacca to start work on the 466-year-old building and the land it stands on in Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Malacca River.
“With the permission granted, work will begin very soon,” Perzim general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said yesterday.
Joseph Sta Maria, a representative of minority ethnic communities under the state Barisan Nasional’s social service unit (Pembela), said the announcement brought joy not only to Catholics in Malacca but also nationwide.
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