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“History, history, history”
Review of A Famosa Fort

A Famosa Fort
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“History, history, history”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great for 1st timer visitor but quite tiring for elderly”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

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

Visited February 2014
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Rawang, Malaysia
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“Portuguese Ancient History”
Reviewed June 30, 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 the Portuguese to repel all forms of attack. To conquer Malacca, the Dutch besieged the city for five months, while residents trapped inside have to eat the cat, rat, and in one case a woman takes her baby to die. Finally, on January 14, 1641, the Dutch stormed through the door Santo Domingo Gate, which by that time suffered more than 7,000 casualties, as a result of starvation, disease and fire guns.
  A Famosa severely damaged in combat has been improved while the Porta de Santiago which is the main gate is replaced with the logo of the Dutch East India Company. After the capture of the Dutch repair and modify, and put their arms above the gate that remains until now the Porta de Santiago, the only door of the survivors, with the engraving "Anno 1670".
Visit the fortress reminiscent of colonialism in Melaka. Good for students and researchers of history.

Visited June 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Well you can ask me for the postcard”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Penang
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“A badly restored historical fort...”
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 House Stadthuys). We were tricked when we took a ride (at Red House - Stadthuys) that cost us RM25 per rickshaw and the rider promised that he will stop at 3 tourist spots for us to take photos. But ended up, the rider only stop us at the A Famosa Fort only. The rider said RM25 will only take us to one spot only. Since there are 17 of us (including a few children), we rode in a total of 7 rickshaws and we were all got duped. I wonder what the government can do to stop this kind of rickshaw rider from spoiling the reputation of Melaka.

Visited June 2014
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