Sunday, May 29, 2011

Malacca Wkend (II)

A Farmosa Fortress

This fortress was built by the Portuguese in the 16th C. It is one of the oldest surviving European architectural which remains in Asia. This gate (called the Porta de Santiago) that is still standing today, is all that is left of a once mighty fortress. It is a pity that most of the fortress were destroyed by British Governor of Pahang when the Brits took over Malacca from the Dutch. Thankfully Sir Stamford Raffles intervened and managed to save the gate .

Obligatory touristy pose :P

Just right behind the fortress lies the steps up St Paul's Hill. It is another monument that is worth a visit . The orginal name of this church was Our Lady of the Hill. The Dutch later turned it into a burial ground for their citizens' noble dead and renamed it St Paul's Church.

St Paul's Hill

There are many of such tomb stones
at the remains of the church

Statue of St Paul

The view from the hill

Cats at the fortress and church

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