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  Fort Margherita
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Named after Ranee Margaret, the consort of the Second White Rajah in Sarawak (Rajah Charles Brooke), Fort Margherita was built in 1879 on a hill overlooking the Sarawak River. It was built in the style of a late English renaissance castle.

The fort was well-equipped to protect the capital from riverine invasions as its commands a breathtaking and strategic position along the Sarawak River, with a location chosen to overlook the long stretch of river approaching Kuching.

The three storey tower block's battlement includes watchpoint on top,a courtyard surrounded by a high wall with sharp glass shards inlaid for protection and set into the wall itself are wooden windows from where the cannons were fired. Executions of prisoners were carried out in this court-yard,right up to the Japanese occupation

Fort Margherita has been converted into the Sarawak Police Museum since 1971 and many of its old cannons, cannon balls, guns, pistols, swords and other vestiges of its military are still on display. The armory still exists, as does the condemned prisoners cell.

Address: Jalan Astana, Kuching
Directions: Opposite the Kuching Waterfront, take the boat ride from the jetty close to Khatulistiwa Restaurant.
Website: http://www.brookegallery.org

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  • Updated May 2, 2004
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