The River Flowing Through Malacca

The river running through the heart of Melaka
The river running through the heart of Malacca.

Malacca is a historic city on the southern coast of peninsular Malaysia. It rose to prominence as a powerful sultanate controlling much of the trade through the strait of Malacca, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes then and now. Malacca was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, the Dutch in 1641, and later the British, all of whom left an imprint on the colonial architecture concentrated on the eastern bank of the main river running through town.

I shot this photograph while walking along the river during a brief two night stay in 2012, the same trip on which I visited Pulau Besar. The distinctive building peeking out from the trees to the left is the church of St. Francis Xavier church, built in 1856.