06 February 2017

#1214 Malaysia

A Famosa (MalayKota A Famosa; "The Famous" in Portuguese) is a Portuguese fortress located in MalaccaMalaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.

The name is often mispronounced // Famosa, even among Malaysians, as though the Portuguese definite article a were the English letter A. A more authentic pronunciation would be /ɑː/ Famosa.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 2008

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