Chijmes

Chijmes

Singapore never stops to amaze you, now it offers to taste haute cuisine or have a rest in a nice cosy café with a cup of tea or a coffee located at the territory of a former Catholic monastery! Historic constructions of Chijmes present a radical contrast with the surrounding modern architecture of the neighborhood. In the middle of the 19th century the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (known as Caldwell House) was located on this spot. The nunnery was founded in 1854 and served as a refuge for women and abandoned children providing also a school for girls. The Neoclassic Caldwell House was built in 1840-1841 by George Coleman and it is the oldest construction of the complex. Today it houses an art gallery. The magnificent building of this Gothic chapel is probably the most impressive construction of Chijmes and actually one of the most architecturally complicated religious constructions ever created in Singapore. The chapel finished in 1904 is decorated with 648 column caps with tropical flora and fauna scenes, beautiful frescos, stained glass windows and a five-storey magnificent spire. Today the former chapel houses Chijmes Hall.

The last sermon in the chapel took place in November of 1983, after which the monastery moved to the suburbs. The monastery complex was closed and the complicated restoration works were initiated, as a result of which the major part of the monastery's and chapel's initial structure were saved. With the help of 100 million Singapore dollar investments Chijmes, an oasis in the center of Singapore, was turned into a major shopping and entertainment center with ethnic cuisine restaurants, shops, exhibition halls, theatrical performances and even weddings.

When visiting Chijmes you see that it is popular not only among tourists, but is also an attraction for locals. It preserves an invisible bond between the past and the present, having its own unique atmosphere. And the evening lighting makes it look even more fabulous and festive.

Address: 30 Victoria St
How to reach: MRT Bras Basah CC2
Coordinates: 1.29522, 103.85199