Thursday, November 7, 2013

Catherdral of Saint Mary the Virgin, Kuala Lumpur

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin is located at Jalan Raja, just a short distance walk and facing the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. This is a fine examle of early English Gothic architecture featuring beautiful stained glass windows and buttresses.

 
Back in those days, a competition was held in search of a design of a cathedral but none was approved until A.C. Norman, the government architect came out with a design based on Early English Gothic style.

 
It is the first brick church in the Federated Malay States and the oldest Anglican church in the region.

It houses a pipe organ built in 1895 by Henry Willis who also made the original Grand Organ of the Royal Albert Hall in London. During World War II, the window panes were removed and stored away to prevent them from been damaged in the bombing raids. They were never been found again after that.

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