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A Famosa Fort

St. Paul's Hill, Melaka, Malaysia
0169929042
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Ranked #19 of 68 attractions in Melaka
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This 16th century Portuguese fort has been mostly destroyed; in its heyday it occupied a massive area and contained numerous government buildings,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tokyo, Japan
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This old gate is all that's left of the old Portuguese fort of 500 years ago. The structure, particularly the chicane, is interesting to see. "Inside" the gate and on the way up the hill there is a clearing with signboards explaining the various stages of Melaka's history. These were particularly interesting and informative.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It is a fort that was blown down except for the gate. Worth visiting if you are in Melaka as it is one of the landmarks there.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It is a small place but worth visiting if you are in the area. You can see the ruins and then climb up the stairs to see the wall. Also there is a cemetery in case if you are interested. You get a nice view of the city from the top.

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Kunming, China
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Interesting, in view of Melaka's rich colonial history. Probably does need to be seen, and it doesn't really require much time. There was no entrance fee the day I toured. Good place to pose for photos. The tricked-out trishaws are a hoot. Actually, enjoyed the Sultan's Palace next door more. But the two can easily be combined, along with the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

While the sight might not be impressive, it is a token of an amazing past, and should at least be passed by on a trishaw.

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great experience for youngster and adult but quite tiring for elderly. Windy there and able to partially view the Malacca town.

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Rawang, Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A Famosa (meaning "The Termashur" in Portuguese) was built by the Portuguese once conquered Malacca in 1511. A Famosa is located in Bandar Hilir, Malacca next to a replica of the Melaka Sultanate Palace and the Church of St. Paul. It is the oldest European architecture that still live in Asia. Fort A Famosa built so strong that it helped... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Actually when something is old there will be degradation.Top of it there was a battle here.So this is part of history of this region.People get to know the Dutch and Portugese influence in Malaysia. If you want a postcard showing this fort you can ask me.Otherwise if you are at this place you can see many souvenirs to buy.

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Penang
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

From a distance, it still maintain the shape that it should be. But from near, you can see a very bad work of cement patches all over the fort. A job which was done by very bad skilled workers. Even me can do a better cement patches. And never take the rickshaw ride (either from here or from the Red... More

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Vale, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As forts go, this one was OK, but the real attraction for me, was the old cannons that were in front of the fort. They were unbelievable, bronze, and in perfect condition. The area around the fort had some attractions, and the people were very nice. if you are in Melaka, it is a nice place to visit.

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