Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MALAYSIA ~The Porta de Santiago~

Thanks a lot Wang Lei for taking the time to send me a postcard during your visit to Malaca, Malaysia! I think the wedding pictures must be great... :D

The Porta de Santiago is one of the four main gates of the A Famosa fortress. It was built by the Portuguese in 1512 under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque, the leader of the Portuguese army that seized Malacca in 1511. For almost 150 years, this magnificent fort had successfully protected the Portuguese position in Melaka, until it was overrun by the Dutch. It was damaged during the attack, but the Dutch later repaired and renamed it VOC with an embossed emblem. But unfortunately what is left until today is nothing more than a gateway called Porta de Santiago.

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