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A Famosa Fort
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Ranked #16 of 145 things to do in Melaka
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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.
Reviewed January 5, 2013

A Famosa is synonymous with Melaka, hence its a MUST see tourist stop. Its just below St Pauls Hill and by the side of the Sultanate palace. Its probably one of the most photographed buildings in Melaka and there are some old cannons around still.

Worth a visit for sure.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Not recommend to bring baby stroller up there. Lots of stairs to climb.

We came up to the fort by Christ Church side. I think this is a better way to go, even though it is a longer walking distance. First, we up the stairs and then walk a couple minutes before another flight of stairs. We then walk down from the cannon/musuem side, where there are just many straight flight of stairs. So, it must be more tiring to go straight up without a rest.
There is another way that lead down to some kind of museum backyard. You can see a yellow fire truck at the bottom. DO NOT take the stairs. The gate is locked at the end. We ended up climbing back up to the fort and found another way to go down. We even warn others who followed us down.
The fort isn't big but it is rich in history. Can't say too much about the scenery as there are some tall trees that block the view. There are gifts sellers where you can pick up some local stuffs.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

What remains still provide a good overlook to the city & a glimpse of how good the fort was. There's a small structure below & after a flight of stairs, you reach a higher ground with the main structure.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Not only can you visit the ruins of this once important fort, you can also get a good understanding of the site's meaning and history by reading a series of panels to the right of the fort entrance. This is a good place to start your day in Melaka because it offers some context to the rest of the sites in the old city.

Thank BrittBon
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This old gate was built by the Portuguese in 1512 and was one of the 4 main gates to the Portuguese fortress. It was restored by the Dutch who carved the Dutch VOC crest and the inscription ANNO 1670 over the arch portals of the gate. The gate is 20 ft high with 8 ft thick walls and is the only remaining part of the ancient fortress. We can thank Sir Stamford Raffles for saving this tiny gate after the entire fort was demolished using gunpowder...

Thank Janulik
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