Testimony of the once invincible Portuguese fortress have been excavated at different locations of the historical center. The gate at the footing of St Paul’s Church is the best preserved part of this monumental stone work destroyed by the British in the early 1800 to curb their expenses on the colony, which they wanted to maintain very low due to low income from declining Malacca harbor. It is hard to believe that the sea once lashed the footing of the wall, which ghost lining is now totally embedded into the reclaimed modern downtown. The gate is a good introduction to the Portuguese spirit of the place. It is also a good starting point for wild rickshaw rides in the city. Don’t forget to bargain!
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