St. John's Fort, Melaka

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The St. John's Fort (Kubu St. John) is a historical fort in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia.HistoryThe fort was constructed during the Dutch Malacca in the 18th century to guard against landward attack. It was once a private chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.ArchitectureThe fort is located at the top of St. John's Hill. It was built from Laterite stone and bricks. The fort had only one entrance and its outer walls range between 3-4 meters high.ExhibitionsThe fort has canons that are facing inland because the Dutch feared inland threats from Acehnese and Bugis invaders more than maritime invasions.
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  • Old Portuguese fort. Quite out of the way, and really difficult to get to. Make sure the cab doesn't disappear on you as you could be left stranded. Not real means of being able to walk to other desti...  more »
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  • Generally circular-shaped with just a small ground area inside where there are about five or six cannons pointing outward on the rampart (that goes around inside), there's just "not much at all" to sa...  more »
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  • It's a very small fort, but nice as hardly any tourists go there and you get a view over the surroundings, although back then there wouldn't have been trees blocking the outlook. There are also Dutch cannons still on top.
  • There really isn’t all that much to check out here. Make sure you have a way to get back as access is shocking, and there are no cabs.
  • No historical facts provided at the location but the floating restaurant is very nice
  • Histrorical Building, Stand on the St.Paul hill, just behind the fort, can view the Strait of Malacca
  • St. John's Fort @ the top of St. John's Hill is called Kota Senjuang in Bahasa. It has given the name to the Portuguese Village "St John", better known as The Portuguese Settlement, a stone throw away from the hill. It is a nice place for a visit if you enjoy good views. The view from the top of St. John's hill is particularly inspiring at sunset. And Ujong Pasir, just east of the hill, is a great place to look for authentic local food. The fort was once a private chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist, it was constructed during the Dutch occupation of Melaka in the 18th century. Interesting features that should be noted, is that the forts cannons are facing inland instead of the sea. The Dutch feared inland threats from Acehnese and Bugis invaders more, than from the maritime attackers.
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