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Why St.George's Church Penang is special ?
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The most striking feature of the church's architecture are without a doubt the huge Grecian columns lined outside the front entrance. They immediately remind one of classical Greek structures such as The Parthenon, The Propylaia, the Temple to Athene and The Erechtheion. The pavilion which sits in the lawn also lends a Grecian air to the ambience.
The brick structure has a solid plastered stone base. When the occupants realised that the original Madras-style flat roof was unsuitable for the climate in Penang, a gable shaped roof was built in its place, in 1864. The octagonal-shaped steeple, visible from afar, forms the apex of the roof.
The inscription reads "In his capacity as Governor the settlers and natives were greatly attached to him and by his death had to deplore the loss of one who watched over their interests and cares as a father".
The mahogany trees in the lawn, which came from India as seedlings, were planted by A.B.Mackean in 1885. The ones still remaining today are survivors from the destruction wreaked by WWII.
The war took its toll on the church. Although the structure escaped relatively unscathed, the interior was another story. Looters carted off plaques, memorials and furnishings. A total of 24 memorials life-size marble figures were ruined during the heavy looting. Pews, the pulpit, the lectern and the organ had all to be replaced.
- “Oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia”
- “Beautiful architecture"
- “Interesting history”
- "Beautiful and peaceful atmosphere"
- "Best place to pray"
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its a very beautiful church which i use to go wen i was a kid....u guys should go 2
St George's Church was consecrated in 1819. It is a beautifully designed and maintained little church, with a handsome portico and simple, but cool interior. Looking from the inside through the Portico provides a view of a small, white Rotunda, a monument to the founder of Penang, Captain Francis Light (who was also responsible for the layout of the City of Adelaide, Australia). Beside the Rotunda is the sole surviving mahogany tree of those planted at the consecration of the Church. Across the road is the normal (for English colonialism) grand Supreme Court building. A visit to this church should be an inclusion in any walk around Georgetown's colonial district