1 February 2007 (The Star) – The 16th century Portuguese fort of Malacca, A’Famosa, is slated for rebuilding, following the discovery of the Middlesburgh bastion late last year.
Aâ€™Famosa to be rebuilt
Portions of the buried ruins of Fortaleza Dâ€™Malacca or the mighty Aâ€™Famosa fortress built in 1512 will be brought to â€œlifeâ€ for the world to see. About 350m of the buried walls of the fortress will be reconstructed stone by stone to its original dimensions of 8m by 5m, said Commissioner of Heritage Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid. She said the completed structure would encompass the cityâ€™s 11.3ha heritage site in Bandar Hilir.
Presently, the department is using documents and paintings of the fort dating back to 1512 to determine its dimensions and design, but may require further documents from overseas sources.
â€œWe might study the Galle Fort, which is fully intact in Sri Lanka, as it is a good example of how the fort would look like because they both share a similar history,â€ she added.