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A Famosa Fort

St. Paul's Hill, Melaka, Malaysia
0169929042
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Ranked #18 of 65 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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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I am a big fan of Malacca Histories. And yes, this is also a must-visit place. We climbed up to the hill and you are able to witness partly Malacca and the straits view. Cool place up there and take your own sweet time to enjoy the view.

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Pocatello, Idaho
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The picture already shown shows the entire fort, except for one wall facing the river. There is not a lot else here to see...

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nothing to shout for anymore whenever you visit this A Famosa Fort ..as there should be some livelier entertainment to ensure visitors feel entertained.

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Singapore, Singapore
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20 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A fomosa fort was an 18th century Portuguese fortress that was later overrun by the Dutch and used by the Dutch. Later in the 19th century when Malaya fell under British Colonial rule did Malacca and the old fortress became under the British Rule. The old fortress is not that high up the hill and it is amazing testament to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Among the many interesting sites and places in Melaka, the A'Famosa stands out as the major, historical landmark. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century as protection against the Dutch naval Force, it is a site that should not be missed by visitors to Melaka. The gate that visitors see today has survived countless years of damage brought to... More

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Zhanjiang, China
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The ruins of this fort are very small, but for the age of them, they are quite well preserved. Many attractions like this are usually fenced off for protection, but this one is very open to the public. You can walk through it and touch anything you want. Good photo opportunities but get there early to beat the passing crowds.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A'Famosa was originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque, who led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate. The sprawling fort was built overlooking the river to protect any invasions as Malacca was constantly under attack from the Europeans that wanted to control it as it was located strategically between the rich trade routes. What remains are the remnants of the... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I love this place to the maximum point but I hate it that there were too many tourists and pretty jammed up. Besides that, there are also those trishaw that will honk loudly besides playing songs too loudly. I wonder if they know such thing called sound pollution.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

A very small but well preserved building as well as the cannons. Considering the age of the building is over 500 years old, it certainly has stood the test of time. So many historic buildings are normally fenced off but they allow access to walk through and around the building.

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British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

An artifact of colonialism in the area, these crumbling building remnants are secured in places by brand new tubular steel -- good for the preservation but not so good for the aesthetics. Still a good spot for your group photo.

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