Middelburg Bastion
Malay: Kubu Middelburg
General information
LocationMalacca City, Malacca, Malaysia
Technical details
Floor area0.09 hectares

The Middelburg Bastion (Dutch: Bastion Middelburgh) was one of nine bastions of A Famosa, in Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia located at the mouth of Malacca River.[1][2] The bastion has been restored, together with cannons, and is open for visitors.[3] The Dutch name is in reference to the city of Middelburg, Zeeland.


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 Middelburg Bastion was carried out in 1660.

See also


  1. ^ De Witt, Dennis (2010). Melaka from the Top. Subang Jaya: Nutmeg Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-983-43519-2-2. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Pembinaan Semula Bastion Middleburg". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ Weebers, R.C.; Ahmad, Y. (2014). "Interpretation of Simon Stevin's ideas on the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (United East Indies Company) settlement of Malacca" (PDF). Planning Perspectives. 29 (4): 543–555. doi:10.1080/02665433.2014.943676. S2CID 145787098. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

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