The Cathedral of St. Mary is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Malaysia and is a KL landmark. Built in 1894 by the British colonial administration, it is located towards the far north side of Dataran Merdeka and looks every inch the typical, picturesque English country church.
A fine example of early English gothic architecture, it started off as a simple timber building in the 19th-century but quickly transformed into a beautiful whitewashed structure with stained glass windows, tasselled tile paving and buttresses. In the old days, the church welcomed the city’s European inhabitants every Sunday, and when the service was over they then went to the Royal Selangor Club, which still stands next door.
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The Cathedral of St. Mary still maintains a small congregation for the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. The beautiful pipe organ was built in 1895 by Henry Willis, a famous English organ builder of his day, who also made the organ for London’s St. Paul's Cathedral as well as the original Grand Organ of the Royal Albert Hall.
Visitors are allowed to visit the church and it is usually open throughout the day. The best way to get to the Cathedral of St. Mary is to hop into a taxi: there are several buses that run routes past Dataran Merdeka but you will still have to walk a short distance to the church.
Cathedral of St. Mary
- Location: Jalan Raja
- Tel: +603 26945470 or +603 2692 8672