As you walk around the historical sites on the Dutch Malacca Heritage trail, you’ll notice a fusion of influences in its architecture. So, looking for specifically Dutch influences can be like playing detective. However, there are often tell-tale signs of such influences, and if you look around the inside and outside of the buildings, you might find:

1. Gevelanker

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These are wall-anchors used to connect a brick wall to a timber frame to the structural timber.

2. Sleutelstuk

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Known to us as consoles, these act as a truss for wooden beams.

3. Dutch-style earthern bricks

Most of the houses in Kampung Belanda were constructed using Dutch-style earthern bricks made locally. These rectangular bricks are about the same size as modern construction bricks except that the Dutch bricks were much flatter.

4. Dutch floor tiles

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Early Dutch floor tiles were rectangular or squarish earthern slabs, usually red in colour.

5. Steep staircases

Photo: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/Wikimedia Commons

Steep staircases are common in old Dutch buildings found in the Netherlands and its colonies, including Malacca.

6. Dutch-style windows

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These are simple two-panelled wooden windows typically found in Dutch buildings.