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Senegal Mahogany as Pillars of a Church

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ ๐†๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฅ ๐Œ๐š๐ก๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ?๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŒฒ


In late 1816 a tall ship set sail from India. Itโ€™s cargo? Convict Labour & Senegal Mahogany trees![1] The convicts did all the building work and the massive trunks of the mahogany trees were used to support the inside of the Doric columns in front of and inside the church. [2]





๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด


In December 1941, the Church fell victim to bombing which hit the North Aisle (the side of the church facing Pitt Street). Although the roof & the walls were blown off from the impact, the Doric columns stood intact. [1]


This means that the mahogany woods are still within the Doric columns! So next time you are up close to these Doric columns, take a moment of your time to appreciate this little known history.


Merry Christmas to our Christian followers celebrating this joyous occasion. โ›„๐ŸŽ


๐Ÿ“St. George's Anglican Church, 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town.


[1] https://www.stgeorgeschurchpenang.com/index.php/about/the-foundation-of-the-church.html

[2] https://malaysialife.org/st-georges-church-in-penang/

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