After the fall of Melaka from the Portuguese to the Dutch on 14 January 1641, new measures were taken to ensure the safety of Melaka. The Dutch fortified the walls of Melaka city, which further strengthened the existing city’s defences left by the Portuguese.
The Dutch still received threats from outsiders and locals in a bid to wrestle back the city of Melaka. The fortification of the city’s walls involved the building of a bastion or control tower strategically located at the mouth of Melaka River, the focal point for trade and stopover for international ships.
The building of a bastion, known as Middleburg was carried out by the Dutch in 1660. This new control tower added to the existing bastions of Melaka city to nine. The defences of the city became strengthened with this new bastion as it regulated the area surrounding Melaka River, busy with shipping and trading activities at the time. The existing defence system with bastion provided cannon support to the military. It proved a vital factor in overcoming unseen threats.
The distance to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur using the North-South Expressway is two hours. This building is located opposite the entrance to St. Paul’s Hill, and is easy to find as it is located in the middle of the Melaka city centre.
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Aldy Hotel Stadthuys is located in Melaka’s lively city center, a 10-minute walk from Dataran Palawan Melaka Megamall. The hotel features a restaurant and a rooftop for functions or events. Free parking is available for in-house guests.
The Bastion Middelburg (named after the Dutch city of Middelburg) is a bastion in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia located at the mouth of Melaka River.
After the fall of Portuguese Malacca to the Dutch in 1641, the Dutch carried out new measures to ensure the defence and security of Malacca due to the ongoing threats they received from outside and inside. They fortified the wall of Malacca City to further strengthen the existing city defence left by the Portuguese. The fortification measures involved the construction of a bastion strategically located at the mouth of Malacca River. The construction of the Bastion Middelburg was carried out in 1660.