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The Stadthuys

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The Stadthuys (pronounced stad-haus), stately and conspicuous with its Indian red exterior, has been a landmark on Melaka’s cityscape since the mid-17th century.

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Once a powerful seat of colonialism, Melaka’s former Town Hall is one of the oldest surviving Dutch buildings in Southeast Asia. Terraced over four levels of Saint Paul’s Hill, this fine example of colonial architecture features typical Dutch thick brick walls, exposed beams, large shuttered windows and hefty wood and iron doors with intriguing double openings.

Interestingly, much of the building materials were shipped from Europe and used as ballast in the large trading ships of the VOC (Dutch East Indies Company). The Stadthuys’ history as an administrative centre continued from its Dutch beginnings though British colonial rule and post-independence Malaysia until 1979 when it was later converted to a History and Ethnography Museum. During conservation works, an underground drainage system and wells from the Portuguese era were discovered, along with secret rooms and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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