January 27, 2023

The roof is from Netherlands

Sample roof at Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary..

The Dutch colonialism in Melaka was from 1641 and ended in 1825. After that is the British story. But we always talk about Portuguese here because of the remaining Portuguese settlement .

Other than Stadhuys you see at Banda Hilir, the Dutch also pioneered the roofing system using a ceramics tiles.

600 years ago, traditional roof in this archipelago were made from certain leaves. Even all of the buildings are made from timber. From stairs to the roof, all from the jungle. But when the Europeans came, they introduce solid structure like bricks and stone for buildings.

This Dutch ceramic tiles in that era were hand made thus resulted color and size variations.

The tiles divided into 2 categories – upper and lower. When put together, the upper direct water into the drain formed by the lower tiles that producing a beautiful and perfect roofing system.

Usage of these tiles is essence in roofing for many structures between the late 1700’s and late 1800’s.

You can see the artifacts at Banda Hilir or the samples at Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary.


Hi, I'am Asmaliana, I work at Tourism Melaka. I love my state, Melaka, the world heritage city by UNESCO.

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