Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Formosa Fortress (Malacca, Malaysia)

Breakfast in Philea, I was then up and about for more sightseeing in Malacca (Jonker Walk, Chen Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Ho Museum, Christ Church, Malacca River Cruise, Malacca Sanctuary and Tanjung Wellness Spa) All seemed fine with the couple I travelled with, they agreed and once again a taxi ride from Philea. Not cheap. RM70.00. We got down somewhere nearby A Formosa and then walked into the small gate house, known as Porta De Santiago. The only remaining part of the fortress and measuring at 20 ft high with 8 ft thick walls, Porta De Santiago is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia and is Malacca's best known sightseeing spot. Originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque (who lead the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate) and located downhill from St. Paul's Church, the remains of the fort is now a crumbling whitewashed gatehouse. 

After 1/2 an hour, while the friends preferred to hang around at this fortress, I continued walking to Malacca Sultanate Palace. 

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  1. I love to go around and see museums and forts. Hope you are enjoyed your tour.
    I wish you a very happy new year!

  2. One of my fave spots to visit in Malacca. Its nice to see that it has been well preserved till today though it'll be better with less of the folks peddling their stuff.

  3. It is really fascinating about Malacca history...

  4. A place which gives me many fond memories.


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