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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP

CAPTIVATING CHURCH

Sabah & Sarawak

 
 

SABAH

 

A sizeable proportion of the people in Sabah and Sarawak are Christians. Hence, it is no surprise that these two states, situated on the island of Borneo, have a number of churches. Each church has its own historical background. The Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu was first built in 1938. A new building was constructed in 1953 when the church was destroyed by aerial bombing during the World War II. The idea of constructing a totally new cathedral was first mooted in the early 1970s when it was discovered that the roof of the old church was weakening. The first phase of building the Parish Hall was completed in 1975, followed by a new Rectory and workers? quarters in 1977. The construction of the cathedral itself started later in 1977. An artist from Mexico was commissioned to design the mosaic tiles, fiberglass and iron works for various parts of the cathedral, such as the mural above the tabernacle, side windows, baptistery, walls of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the Way of the Cross.

 

The main cathedral has the capacity of accommodating 1,200 people on the ground while 250 more seats are placed on the balcony. The interior of the cathedral is column-free and the building committee has paid special attention to aspects such as its acoustics, ventilation and lighting. It has a 130-feet high concrete bell tower which was completed in November 1981. Another outstanding feature of the cathedral is a baptismal pool in the shape of a cross.   The St. Michael?s Church in Penampang is the state?s oldest church. The foundation stone for the church was laid in September 1936, which coincided with the Feast of St. Michael. Solid rocks which were dynamited, cut and shaped were used to build the church. The construction was halted during World War II, but was resumed in 1947 and completed two years later. The church is located on top of a hill; about 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city.

 
 
 

SARAWAK

 

 

The history of St. Thomas Cathedral in Kuching dates back to 1848 when the first Anglican missionary, Reverend Francis Thomas McDougall, priest and doctor, came to Sarawak. He was invited by Sir James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak. The Church compound, which was originally a jungle-clad hill, was bestowed by the Rajah in 1849. On this site, Dr. McDougall began the construction of a fine wooden church capable of accommodating 250 people. In 1851, the consecration ceremony of the church was performed by Bishop Wilson of Calcutta. The foundation stone for the present cathedral was laid on 15th October 1953 by the Duchess of Kent and the building was completed by May the following year.

 
 
 
 

Sabah & Sarawak

CAPTIVATING CHURCH

PLACES OF WORSHIP