Middelburg Bastion

The Middelburg Bastion or Bastion Middelburg (Dutch: Bastion Middelburgh) was one of nine bastions of the Fortress of Malacca, in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia located at the mouth of Melaka River.[1][2] The bastion has been restored, together with cannons, and is open for visitors.[3][4]

Middelburg Bastion
Bastion Middleburg.JPG
General information
LocationMelaka City, Melaka, Malaysia
Technical details
Floor area0.09 hectares


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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Middelburg Bastion". Trip Advisor. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ 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.

Coordinates: 2°11′38.8″N 102°14′53.3″E / 2.194111°N 102.248139°E / 2.194111; 102.248139