Located on Elton Hill in the heart of Sandakan town, St. Michael and the Parish of All Angels’ church is the oldest stone building in Sabah. The construction of the building was initiated by Rev. W.H. Elton in 1888 and took him almost 13 years to complete. It was designed by New Zealander Mr. B.W. Mountfort who designed the church based on Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand, which was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake. The building was first constructed with belian (ironwood) timber, followed by brick and finally stone, which is said to have from the nearby Buli Sim Sim, while the white stones that adorn the windows and doors are from Hong Kong. The stones were delivered from Buli Sim Sim by prison labour at RM1.25 per cubic yard. A cubic foot of stone weighs approximately 140 lbs and each stone was painstakingly laid atop each other.
A severe shock of earthquake shook Sandakan on 21st Sept 1897 but no damage to the stone walls of the church. The construction work continued with significant progress each year and finally it was completed in 1906. In 30th Sept. 1906, the church of St. Michael was dedicated. Rev. Elton continued as the Rector until 1914 where he went back to England and passed away on 17th Dec 1914.(source:http://stmicsdk.com/about-us-2/)
St. Michael and the Parish of All Angels’ church is located behind St. Michael school.
Knowing more about the past teach us to be grateful of what we have. The board at the school there clearly shows the changes of the school building over the year since it founded by Rev. W.H. Elton.
My adopted dad said: " Look at there (monument), take photos of it!" after showing me the board at the school. This monument was constructed in memory of Rev. Thomas Cecil Alexander for the founding of Scout Movement of North Borneo (Sabah) in 1913.
It is so beautiful from every view :) It will be nice taking wedding photos here :)
The entrance fee for visitors as a donation for the church maintenance use.
It is 128 years old by now.
The beautiful stained glass windows in the church were donated by Australians to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. - See more at: http://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/st-michaels-and-all-angels-church-sandakan#sthash.VT2dnxY6.dpuf
In the prison cell sits the Apostle, Simon Peter, under sentence of death. He is amazed at the awesome sight and incredulous at the miraculous loosening of his chains. The Roman guards are disconcerted and unable to prevent the deliverance of their prisoner. The scene is a reminder of God's power to free the spirit of mankind from evil and oppression. (source: leaflet from the church written by Philip Handel, 24 April 2008)
The bench with 100 years of history. One of the precious antique in the church.
Front part of the church.
Back of the church
Imagining a bride walks down the aisle gracefully with her dad and the groom waiting excitedly at the front for his bride to exchange vow witnessed by God and friends.....huhuhu sounds like in drama right? Well, I'm searching someone who waiting for me at the front there! xoxo
I guess that is the administrative block of the church.
3 languages -Malay, Chinese and English sign board available at the entrance. Traveling broadens our minds and increase our general knowledge. I don't like to study the history text book in school but I like to know more about a place with its past when I travel to there. Stay tune, I will share more about Sandakan heritage in next post. Hope you enjoy the post :) Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!