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A Famosa

These iconic gates of A Famosa are the only remnants of the once extensive fortress. This particular day was largely cooperative; it was largely cloudy for the greater part of the early to late morning, the clouds partially dispersed by the time our travelling party reached this  spot. 


The history goes that this fortress, so well built, could not be taken by the Dutch who had the support of other nearby provinces. However, they lay in wait for half a year, squeezing off supplies until the population of Malacca [inside the fortress] were reduced to hunger and death. The Dutch repaired the fort after capturing it.


Meanwhile, in Europe, the armies of Napolean had invaded Holland and there was some cooperation between the Dutch and the British. Thus the British found themselves in charge of Malacca without actually firing a single shot. They were concentrating more on Penang and considering Malacca more of a liability, decided to demolish the entire settlement of Malacca. 


It was the arrival of Stamford Raffles [who later went on to Singapore] and his plea that stopped the complete destruction of the fort by explosives.

A Famosa

These iconic gates of A Famosa are the only remnants of the once extensive fortress. This particular day was largely cooperative; it was largely cloudy for the greater part of the early to late morning, the clouds partially dispersed by the time our travelling party reached this  spot. 


The history goes that this fortress, so well built, could not be taken by the Dutch who had the support of other nearby provinces. However, they lay in wait for half a year, squeezing off supplies until the population of Malacca [inside the fortress] were reduced to hunger and death. The Dutch repaired the fort after capturing it.


Meanwhile, in Europe, the armies of Napolean had invaded Holland and there was some cooperation between the Dutch and the British. Thus the British found themselves in charge of Malacca without actually firing a single shot. They were concentrating more on Penang and considering Malacca more of a liability, decided to demolish the entire settlement of Malacca. 


It was the arrival of Stamford Raffles [who later went on to Singapore] and his plea that stopped the complete destruction of the fort by explosives.

comments (18)

Fascinating structure - beautiful sky!
Ayush Basu: Thank you so much Elizabeth!
You have beautiful vibrant colours in this shot Ayush... and the gates stand out well against that sky....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Peter
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jan 2013, 05:28
Enjoying the history. Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I better not push it though grin Thanks for the visit
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jan 2013, 06:22
Thank heaven part of this was preserved - good on you Stamford!
Ayush Basu: Having received this place comfortably, I assume they saw it more as a liability rather than an asset.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jan 2013, 06:51
History! Can't live with it, can't live without it. But don't you sometimes wonder WHY!
Ayush Basu: I certainly couldn't live with it during my school days, but on my travels with a camera in hand and thanks to google/wiki, my views have changed
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jan 2013, 07:48
What a loss, Ayush, when you see how great the gateway is
An interesting slice of history Ayush.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 9 Jan 2013, 12:05
Funny for I am in Singapore airport as I write, on my way to Melbourne.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Jan 2013, 12:10
Good photo interesting information
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2013, 12:25
Well done, Mr Raffles! Now I know where the hotel got its name from. This is a very colourful image with lots to enjoy.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jan 2013, 20:02
Very colourful picture. Love the umbrella in all those colours.
Brilliant colours, Ayush!
A beautiful slice of history Ayush!
The tones are superb.
Did you have a great time in Malacca?
More great colour and super sky. Interesting narrative as well.
A beautiful composition, such fabulous colours.
Lots of activity around these iconic gates, Ayush. Love the rich vibrant colours.
Wow !, HDR ? or just naturally good light ?
Ayush Basu: no hdr Dev, i just focussed on the bright walls of the gate which were illuminated by the bright sunshine. the skies and clouds wer really great that day. thanks for visiting

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