A Famosa Fort, Melaka

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Visit the Portuguese fortress of A Famosa Fort to see one of the oldest surviving European architectural ruins in Southeast Asia. Constructed by the Portuguese Empire in 1511, the fort housed many of the town's Portuguese residents until the Dutch drove them out in 1641. The change of colonial hands remains visible above the entrance to the main gatehouse (the only surviving portion of the fort): note inscribed year 1670, along with a bas-relief logo of the Dutch East India Company. Unfortunately, when the British took control of the fort in the late 18th century, they demolished all but the main gatehouse. Walk among the ruins and stately trees and ponder the colonial contests that swept through the country over centuries. Using our world travel planner, Melaka attractions like A Famosa Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There is hardly any of the fort left, but it is worth seeing what is there as the stone carvings over the entrance gate are good. 
    There is hardly any of the fort left, but it is worth seeing what is there as the stone carvings over the entrance gate are good.  more »
  • The famous Portuguese fortress built in 1512 was destroyed in the Battle of Malacca in 1641, and by British Forces in 1807. Truly a beautiful historical place 
    The famous Portuguese fortress built in 1512 was destroyed in the Battle of Malacca in 1641, and by British Forces in 1807. Truly a beautiful historical place  more »
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  • Visit this place at night. Up the hill there's an old Portuguese church. Ancient Historian mentioned that it was a Portuguese fortress built in 1512. The keep was destroyed following the Battle of Malacca 1641 and the occupation of both the Dutch and British much later destroyed most of the fortress. What we see today is the remaining structure that stood majestically despite the rain and shine for more than 500years.
  • For a history nerd like me, i LOVE A'fomosa. I recommend to come here at a weekday night around 10pm. Very small crowd (none at the St Francis), so i can take time to explore and stare at the building

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