The historic city of Malaka (Melacca) is the capital of the state of Melaka on the south western..The Stadthuys Information
Built in 1650 as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers, The Stadthuys is a..St. John's Fort Information
Rebuilt by the Dutch in the 18th century, St. John's Fort was once a private Portuguese chapel..Zoo Melaka Information
Melaka Zoo is situated at Ayer Keroh, approximately 13 kilometres from downtown Melaka. It is the..Jonker Walk Information
A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artifacts and relics, some..Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex Info
Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex is one of the facilities that are provided by Melaka State..Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum Information
This museum was set up in honour of a Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral called Cheng Ho or Zheng..Portuguese Square Information
This square is also known as 'Mini Lisbon'. Located within the Portuguese Settlement, the square is..See all locations in Melaka
The Portuguese colonised Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa. As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, the A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East.
Within the fort walls were housing and food stores, a castle, a meeting room for the Portuguese Council and five churches. A seven-month attack by the Dutch just about destroyed the entire fortress, leaving only the entrance façade and the structure of a church at the top of the hill.
Go for a stroll up St. Paul's Hill on a cool late afternoon and wander among the majestic trees and historical remnants. Here, you can almost imagine the glories and miseries of the besieged lives the Portuguese would have led right here all those years ago...
Head up St. Paul's Hill only after 3 pm when the refreshing sea breezes start up...