Historical Malacca Part I : A Famosa

Well, hello from Malaysia! I finally had the chance to go back to Malaysia to see my beloved family after more than one year working in France. I have been waiting for so long and no words can express my happiness to be able to spend some quality time with my parents, my sister and other family members. My holiday starts with a very important wedding of my cousin J. After three intensive days of preparing the wedding AND the wedding day, my family and I decided to visit Malacca.

Malacca is one of the 13 states of Malaysia and it is located in the southern region. This region played a very important role in the construction of the Malay sultanate which later gave birth to Federation of Malaya and then Malaysia (when the two states in Borneo joins the federation).

A Famosa Malacca

The sultanate ended when the Portuguese colonized the city. Malacca was a great port where the trades were being held from all over Asia, so having the city under your power means you can rule the whole region at that time. This city also went under other foreign controls and all of this events left a very rich historical traces in the city.

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One of the most popular historical attraction in this town is the A Famosa. It is a Portuguese fortress that was built by the Portuguese general and statesman, Alfonso de Albuquerque who was the head of the Malacca’s attack. The fortress was used to protect the city from the sultanate’s army as they were trying to get the city back.

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A Famosa was taken by the Dutch when they took Malacca from the Portuguese. It was then handed to the British and they wanted to destroy the fortress. The action was then stopped by the Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore for the sake of historical heritage.

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Malacca was named as one of the UNESCO Heritage site in 2008 for its unique architectural and cultural townscape. If you are planning to visit it one day, I can guarantee that you will fall in love with the city and it’s heritage.

See you in the next post with more photos of Malacca!

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