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Address: Jalan Parameswara, Alor Gajah 78000, Malaysia
Phone Number: 0169929042
Description: This 16th century Portuguese fort has been mostly destroyed; in its heyday...
This 16th century Portuguese fort has been mostly destroyed; in its heyday it occupied a massive area and contained numerous government buildings, churches and hospitals.
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Old fort...good photo opportunity

It's in all the tourist materials...so why not visit it to see for yourself.. It's small remain of an old fort..nothing to see but take some photos to show you been to see a part... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It's in all the tourist materials...so why not visit it to see for yourself.. It's small remain of an old fort..nothing to see but take some photos to show you been to see a part of malacca's history and heritage

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

According to Wikipedia, A Famosa is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today. It reminds you of the struggles Melaka has gone through and what ultimately helped to shape and influence this small state.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I am lucky to see this particular Famous Kota A Famosa,which is called as Famosa is a Portuguese fortress.Malaysia was ruled by an Indian king called Parameswara in the past and the street has been named as Jalan Parameswara.This fort and the surroundings are the history of Malaysia. You can see tourists all the time depends on the climate.Very easy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This place will remind you about the great history of Malacca. Even this Famosa is not belong to Malays, but this Famosa Fort is one from the thousand story that was happened in Malacca hundred years ago...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

It is sad to see the mighty fortress which used to be the glorious watchout over the Straits of Malacca now in such a sorry state. Drawfed by high rise shopping complexes and condominiums, it is now surrounded by development. Built in 1511 under Alfonso de Alburqueque, this historical structure is one of the few European architectural remains in Asia.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Not much to see here, but since you're in melaka already why not give it a shot because its part of the history too right? When you're here follow the stairs at the back and it will brings you to St. John's Fort

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

really? who doesn't know that it is a MUST-GO place when you are visiting Melaka?! whatever kind of camera you are using, take picturessss!! well, lots of people said it is just a remnants of what's left behind centuries ago, HEY! read up the history before you visit the place, you'll appreciate what you see in front of you and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

There's nothing much to see but its a must do in Melaka. To check out the architecture and the ruins of the former fort. It's near all the other attraction so its a worth it activity especially if you are into ruins. Great place for a historical photo.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

St Pauls hill Famosa Fort is only a replica, very disappointing that this and so much more about Melacca did not live up to the hype

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Stopped by the A Famosa Fort remnants on 2 May 2015. Nothing much left of Fortress, this among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South East Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today. Too many people in this area by the time we were there ,... More 

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Address: Jalan Parameswara, Alor Gajah 78000, Malaysia
Phone Number: 0169929042
Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Melaka State  >  Alor Gajah

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