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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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  • Not actually a lot to see as there are very few architectural remnants. But it is worth seeing just to understand the history of the area. Located close by is a shopping mall with lots of food... 
    Not actually a lot to see as there are very few architectural remnants. But it is worth seeing just to understand the history of the area. Located close by is a shopping mall with lots of food...  more »
  • 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
  • Not much of it left but if your close by worth spending a few minutes to see some history. On the hill behind it stands an old Portuguese built church which has some old head stones on display, also provides a good lookout from there.
  • It's crowded with tourists but has upgraded with stairs, banisters and resting areas with seats as one walk up to the top and the convenient links of stairways to many spots around there. The extremely loud trishaws is like an attraction to many tourists.
  • A-famosa, the historical fortress built by the Portugese in 1512, is a must visit for any tourist that passes by Melaka. By the way, you don’t need to pay any money to enter this place. Super worth! The ruins are stunning. You get to see up close, the architecture used by early portugese settlers. There’s a ton of history surrounding it, and you get to feel it when you come up close to personal with it. It’s a huge landmark in Melaka. You see all those touristy places selling t shirts with A-fomosa on it. So I guess this really puts it into perspective how this “big” this place is to Melaka. Pros: + Very pretty. A lot of good photo opportunites all around. + Well-preserved. + Tons of history. You get to see a lot of funeral headstones of those portugese settlers/missionaries who died. I didn’t really make much sense of it- to be honest LOL. + Not a lot of steps to get there. Like around 70ish-90plus steps? It was not very steep, and I saw lots of young kids climbing up the stairs without complaints. Definitely bring them here to exhaust their energies! + Location is very good. It’s near a big shopping mall (Dataran Pahlawan), and there are tons of parking lots. However, it might take you a bit to time to get a spot. A lot of cars have to mill around for a bit, so hope to get lucky to get a spot!

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