A Famosa Fort, Malacca (Porta de Santiago)
Where is Malacca, and what you can do or visit in Malacca? Perhaps A Famosa Fort or Porta de Santiago will appear in the mind of every travelers that wish to visit to this city in Malaysia. Why? This is because A Famosa Fort is the most iconic structure of Malacca city that have rich historical value.
Built in 1511, A Famosa stands for ‘The Famous’ in Portuguese. Do not worry if you are not into history type of travelers, A Famosa Fort is also a fun place to visit by just strolling around. In fact, this historical site may be a great spot to take photos or even selfies. There are also cannons outside the structure that you can pose with.
Do not be surprised if you spot some local artist around the area, where you can buy paintings or even get yourself a portrait at this history-rich site in Malacca.
The Historical Background of A Famosa Fort
A Famosa Fort is built by the Portuguese in 1511 under the leadership of Alfonso de Alburquerque. The main purpose of the fortress is to strengthen his hold of this newly acquired land. Since then, their reign continues for a long 130 years after their built of this sturdy structure.
The end of Portuguese reign continues with the arrival of the Dutch in 1641 for the next 184 years. The fort undergone major renovations as the Dutch believes that there are still space for improvements on its functionality. What you may see today are mostly the remnants of the Dutch improvements.
The power presents of the Dutch can be seen from the inscription of ‘ANNO 1670’ on the fort’s arch, as well as the coat-of-arms of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). A Famosa Fort or Porta de Santiago survived another colonization under the reign of the British. The British demolished the fortress in the late 1800s to prevent it falling into the hand of the Napoleon.
Thanks to Sir Stamford Raffles, part of the fortress is saved from demolition. This enable the generations nowadays to appreciate the monument that stands for Malacca and also one of the iconic structure in Malaysia.
Why You Should Visit
Malacca is always one of the hot spot to visit in Malaysia among local and international travelers. In fact, Malacca have been listed as one of the Top 10 must-see places in Asia by Lonely Planet in 2017.
If you are into architecture, or history type of person, this place would be a great trip for you. Acknowledged as one of the landmark of Malacca, A Famosa Fort is also a great spot buffed for photography. You may not want to miss this gorgeous landmark for photos to be uploaded onto your social media.
Travelling to A Famosa Fort or Porta de Santiago will be at ease if you are driving, biking or taking e-hailing services such as Grab. You may refer to the map below for directions. Alternatively, you can even hop onto one of the trishaw available in almost every hot spot of this city, so that you can enjoy the view of Malacca when you are on your way.
Address: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka.
Contact: 06-231 4343
Opening Hours: Daily 24 Hours