A Famosa

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Malaysiana

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Malacca, one of the thirteen states in Malaysia, was a Portugese colony from 1511 – 1641. To protect the colony from attacks, the Portugese built a fortress called A Famosa (The Famous).

School children all over the country would’ve visited Malacca during a school trip as it figures prominently in our history books. The last time I was there was in 2013 and even then, I was still in awe at how much history this structure has seen.

While I was researching for this post though, I came across some sources that indicate that this structure which I know is A Famosa, is not exactly A Famosa! In fact, this gate could be part of the Fortaleza de Malaca, another fortress built by the Portugese, and also could actually be called the Porta de Santiago! Now, I’m confused. And slightly bewildered.

Also, because A Famosa is such a well-known name in Malaysia, it’s also the name of a water-themed park and resort. Sorry, Portugal!  1389169610126

Tell me about the historical monuments/ buildings/ structures in your city/ country!

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20 thoughts on “A Famosa

  1. I visited Malacca in 2015 and went on a tour in a bike powered cart (can’t remember the name of them) and we ended up here and had a wander around for 15 minutes and took photos etc.

    Australia is a relatively new country so our monuments and buildings are all new compared to much of the world but we do have some ancient paintings and carvings in caves with indications of human habitation around abouts which are awe inspiring when one thinks of the age they are

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