Your visit to Melaka should not miss out a trip to the historic Dutch landmark in the city. It is infamous Dutch Square and said to be one of the most picturesque spots in Melaka. It is an interesting place to visit in Melaka for history lovers. Dutch Square or Red Square has many tourist attractions and Queen Victoria Fountain is one of them. It stands like a monument amongst other historic buildings like Stadthuys, Christ Church, and Malaysia Youth Museum & Art Gallery.
Queen Victoria Fountain
The Queen Victoria Fountain stands right in the middle of the Dutch Square. The fountain was built in 1901 by the British. Carved with marble, the fountain is still as elegant as it was a hundred years ago and also functions well. It is also probably the only functioning colonial water fountain in Malaysia. It was erected to celebrate the 60 year long reign of Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria exceeded George III as the longest ruling English Monarch in England and Scotland on 23 September 1886. The celebrations were delayed on her request until 1897 as the event was to be celebrated with her Diamond Jubilee and it became a festival of the British Empire. All in all, Queen Victoria ruled Britain for 63 years, 7 months, and two days.
Construction of the Queen Victoria Fountain in Melaka shows love and proud of citizens for the Queen. It is a famous place for tourists who visit Melaka as other tourist attraction are also nearby such as Christ Church, Stadhuys, and the Tan Beng Swee Clock tower that was constructed by a rich Straits Chinese family. Tip of the fountain read “Victoria Reign 1837-1901”.
The fountain has become a landmark in Melaka and it is a must have background for tourists’ photographs visiting Melaka. The fountain is also regarded as an important monument because it is one of the last hints of British rule in Malaysia
The Queen Victoria Fountain is also located nearer to other many places of interest in Melaka. For instance, you can find Architecture Museum Malacca and the Stamp Museum Malacca on your way up St Paul’s Hill. The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is also located nearby. Opposite the fountain is the famous Melaka Jonker Street, where you can shop many arts and crafts, visit cultural sites, and have scrumptious food at Bistro Year 1673 and the Baboon House.
So when you’re visiting Melaka, don’t forget to visit and take a picture beside Queen Victoria Fountain.0