St. John's Cathedral (Kuala Lumpur)

Cathedral of St John The Evangelist is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and the seat of its Archbishop, Julian Leow Beng Kim. The first Church on a nearby site was established in 1883, and consisted of a long wooden hall with a few windows built on a forested area of Bukit Nanas,[3] and was dedicated to St John the Evangelist. It was later rebuilt with bricks walls and tile roofed, and today is used as The Community Services Centre". The current building was built in 1954 and completed in 1955 and consecrated in 1962, when it was also elevated to the status of cathedral.[3] The building is known for its whitewashed exterior and twin spires at the west front. It also includes stained glass windows from Paris, depicting scenes from the Gospel.

Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist
Malay: Katedral St John Penginjil
Chinese: 圣若望主教座堂
The cathedral as seen facing northeast, the Kuala Lumpur Tower is seen in the background
Location5 Jalan Bukit Nanas
Kuala Lumpur
DenominationRoman Catholic
Functional statusActive
Completed1883 (original building)[1]
1955 (renovation)[2]
Number of towers2
ProvinceKuala Lumpur
DioceseKuala Lumpur
ArchbishopMost Rev. Julian Leow Beng Kim
Priest(s)Rev.Fr.Gerard Theraviam And Rev.Fr.Robert Kham

The parish has come a long way from its early days, from being a parish of expatriates and Eurasians, and is now a thriving 'Cosmopolitan' parish. Situated in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur, the Cathedral also draws many foreign visitors and diplomats, apart from the regular parishioners, to its Sunday services.[3]

St John's Cathedral is located next to St. John's Institution, which is known for its Grecian-Spanish architecture. The school derives its name from St John Baptist De La Salle and was established by the Lasallian Brothers.

Due to its location ascending Bukit Nanas, it is also in close proximity to Convent Bukit Nanas, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve and Kuala Lumpur Tower.


It is accessible from the Masjid Jamek LRT station and the Bukit Nanas Monorail station.

See also


  1. "Places of grace". New Straits Times. 25 December 2014.
  2. Yeang, Ken (1992). The Architecture of Malaysia. Pepin Press. p. 230.

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