Porta De Santiago

Porta de Santiago

The Portuguese admiral, Alfonso d’Albuquerque, built Porta de Santiago or A’Famosa in 1511. However, this fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invation in 1641. The Dutch named it VOC, which was embossed on top of the gateway while the British almost destroyed it in the 19th century till Sir Stamford Raffles, a British official, intervened in 1808 and managed to save only a small part of the fort, which overlooks the town and the Straits of Malacca, remains.



The history museum at the Dutch Square was constructed in 1641. ThisĀ  is the most imposing relic of the Dutch rule in Malacca. The building is red in colorĀ  with heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. This is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East and was once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers. This is now house the Museum of History and ethnography. Next to it is Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed Church that was constructed in 1753.

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

If you ever had a chance to step into this place, you will be amazed by the interesting insight of the museum provides. A mixture of the Chinese and Malay culture in the 15th century, this building is furnished with Chinese rosewood furniture with a mix of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs, this longish building has an interial that opens into a courtyard that admits sun and rain. Visitors can find priceless heirloon unique and some history of the people of the Straits Chinese.

Melaka Sultanate Palace


A replica of a 15th century palace in Malacca, this museum mainly displays exhibits that are related to the culture of Malacca. Other items include a huge diorama depicting a sultan’s court as well as clothing, weapons, stone inscriptions, musical instruments and photographs.

Jonker Street


Jonker Street of Jalan Hang Jebat is interspersed with antique shops selling an interesting array of authentic artifacts and relics. Some date as far back as 300 years and can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Located in the older section of the city, Jonker street is popular among bargain hunters and antique collectors.

Maritime Museum


The Maritime Museum is housed in a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank off the coast of Malacca. The Maritime Museum is definitely a worth visit as it exhibits a number of artifacts from the 14th century to the British period. Inside the museum are pictorial displays, models of ships, authentic maps. charts and old iron chests that were once used to store precious cargo.

Melaka River Cruise


The 45 minutes Melaka River Cruise passes through the downtown area where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and Kampung Morten, a traditional Malay village. The return trip passes wharves down river. Booking for cruises along the Melaka River can be made at the quay behind the tourist information centre.

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