Icon of Singapore's rich culture gets a makeover

The once crumbling 146-year-old Church of Saints Peter and Paul (left), a national monument in Queen Street, has been given a facelift (right). The effort involved fixing its corroded ceiling and termite-infested roof structure as well as restoring its rosette and lance- shaped stained-glass windows. It is set to reopen for worship this coming Palm Sunday. Parish priest John Chua said the project was timely as there had been safety concerns about damage that developed over the years. The French neo-Gothic building features elements of Chinese architecture - such as lotus plasterwork on exterior columns - as well as French floor tiles within the sanctuary, which Father John described as a reflection of Singapore's culturally rich and diverse history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2016, with the headline 'Icon of Singapore's rich culture gets a makeover'. Print Edition | Subscribe