Historical Malacca

Posted on March 31, 2012

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Melaka, historic city of the Straits of Malacca has developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century and constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

Malacca was discovered in 1400 by an exiled prince from Sumatra, who sought sanctuary in a humble fishing village and decreed that a city be built where he stood;

Ruins of A Famosa (Porta De Santiago), the Portuguese Square their origin in 1511 when the Portuguese defeated the Malacca Sultanate;

The lifestyle of the early rich Chinese who arrived from the mid-15th century is well displayed in the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Musuem. Cheng Hoon Teng, oldest Chinese temple in the country built in 1646 with materials shipped out of China;

Red thick-walled Stadhuys, the salmon red Christ Church are the oldest Dutch building in the East, from the Dutch period in 1641;

And In the old mosques dotted around can be seen Sumatran and Javanese influence.

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