8 Forts in Indonesia that you should visit - With photos & details

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8 Forts to explore in Indonesia

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Benteng DuurstedeSaparua, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia

Fort Duurstede is a 17th-century colonial Dutch fort in Saparua, Indonesia. The fort originally protected Saparoea village. A navigation guide from 1878 advises: "There is good anchorage near this fort in the westerly monsoon in about 12 fathoms. The fort is open to the public and has been heavily restored.

Benteng MarlboroughJl. Benteng, Kebun Keling, Kec. Tlk. Segara, Kota Bengkulu, Bengkulu 38116, Indonesia

Fort Marlborough is an English fort located in Bengkulu City, Sumatra. It was built between 1713-1719 by the East India Company under the leadership of Governor Joseph Collett as a defensive fort for the British East India Company's Residency there. It was one of the strongest British forts in the eastern region, second only to Fort St. George in Madras, India. it is now one of the famous tourist attractions in Bengkulu.

Benteng OtanahaJl. Usman Isa No.kelurahan, Dembe I, Kota Bar., Kota Gorontalo, Gorontalo 96181, Indonesia

Otanaha Fortress is one of the tourism site in Gorontalo province, Indonesia. It was built in 1522 by King Ilato from Gorontalo Kingdom and Portuguese sailors to strengthen the area security and defense. Located in Dembe Hill, this fort was made from mixture of sand, calcium, and eggs of Maleo birds. To reach the top of this fort, there are 348 steps. From the top of this fortress, there are panoramic view of Limboto Lake and some part of Gorontalo region. It is one of the famous tourist attract

Benteng Somba OpuJl. Daeng Tata No.Kelurahan, Benteng Somba Opu, Kec. Barombong, Kabupaten Gowa, Sulawesi Selatan 90224, Indonesia

Fort Somba Opu was a fortified commercial center of the Gowa Sultanate. The fort was the center of the Gowa Sultanate in the 16th-century until its destruction by the Dutch East India Company in 1669. The fort was reconstructed in 1990. A 9-meter cannon has been discovered in the fort, as well as other artifacts that were collected within a nearby site museum.

Fort Amsterdam, AmbonKaitetu, Leihitu, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia

Fort Amsterdam is a fort and a blockhouse in Hila town, Leihitu Subdistrict, Central Maluku Regency, Ambon Island, Indonesia. The blockhouse was built in 1637 by the Dutch East Indies Company. The blockhouse is a three-floored structure.  The fort is not yet enacted as cultural heritage by the Directorate of Archaeological Heritage.

Fort BelgicaBanda Neira, Nusantara, Banda, Kabupaten Maluku Tengah, Maluku, Indonesia

Fort Belgica is a 17th-century fort in Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku Islands , Indonesia. The fort acted as a fortification system for the islands of Banda where during the period, the only place in the world where nutmeg was produced. In January 2015, Belgica Fort was added to the UNESCO world heritage site Tentative List as part of the Historic and Marine Landscape of the Banda Islands. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Maluku.

Fort Kuto BesakJl. Dr. Ak. Gani, 19 Ilir, Kec. Bukit Kecil, Kota Palembang, Sumatera Selatan 30113, Indonesia

Kuto Besak, also Benteng Kuto Besak (Indonesian "Kuto Besak Fort") is an 18th-century kraton in Palembang, Indonesia. Kuto Besak was the center of the Sultanate of Palembang before its abolition by the Dutch colonial government

Fort Rotterdam No.Road, Jl. Ujung Pandang, Bulo Gading, Kec. Ujung Pandang, Kota Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan 90171, Indonesia

Fort Rotterdam is an Old Dutch colonial fort in Makassar, overlooking the harbor. The fort was the Dutch regional military and governmental headquarters until the 1930s. It was extensively restored in the 1970s and is now a cultural and educational center, a venue for music and dance events, and a tourist destination.