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Jean Baptiste de La Salle Memorial, Farquhar Street, George Town, Penang

Jean Baptiste de La Salle Memorial at the grounds of St. Xavier's Institution, Farquhar Street, George Town

The Jean Baptiste de La Salle Memorial at St. Xavier's Institution is a monument honouring St. John Baptist, who founded The Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic educational organisation. As St. Xavier's Institution is one of the schools established by the Brothers, the monument was built for the school in the 1940s.

The monument depicts a standing St. John Baptist teaching two students, a recognition of his role as the patron saint of teachers within the Roman Catholic congregation.

St. John Baptist de La Salle

St. John Baptist, the patron saint for teachers

History

The memorial was erected in honour of St. John Baptist in the early 1940s, made of cast iron. However, St. Xavier's Institution was then destroyed by Allied bombers during World War 2, necessitating the relocation of the monument to the Uplands International School.

In 2002, the monument was returned to the compounds of St. Xavier's Institution, where it has remained ever since. A new granite pedestal costing RM16,000 (Malaysian Ringgit) was constructed for the purpose of the monument's installation.

References

  1. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/jean-baptiste-de-la-salle-memorial.htm

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