Buildings and Sites in Melaka : :
|Historical Sites and Areas|
Melaka has done a very good job
to restore and maintain its historical heritage. Indeed, Melaka
was designated as an UNESCO
World Heritage Site in July 2008. Most of the Melaka's
historical buildings and museums are located in and around
the vicinity of the Stadthuys and the area in its entirety
is known as the Town Square (see below). As well all historical
buildings including Christ Church are painted in a stark red
colour (not sure why but is does make it easy for visitors
to identify buildings).
As befitting "Malaysia's
most historical city" Melaka has a wealth of historical buildings,
churches, temples and mosques and other points of interest.
In addition to specific buildings and monuments there are areas
interest that are easy to explore. The two most prominent of these
are Chinatown & Medan Portugis.
Chinatown: This is where foreign visitors to Melaka will
probably spend the most time. The winding streets are a fascinating
glimpse into Melaka's history. There any number of centuries old
churches, mosques and temples intermingled with boutique hotels
and trendy antique shops plus a nice selection of restaurants and
fun night spots.
Medan Portugis: Located on the eastern edge of Melaka near
the waterfront is a small enclave of people and families descended
from the marriages of Portuguese settlers and ethnic Malays known
as Medan Portugis. Medan Portugis attempts to keep the ethic diversity
and traditions of the Portuguese alive with community events.