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Tidore # 8 – Torre, The Portuguese Heritage in Tidore


Still remember, that Kadato Kie, Kedaton Sultanate Tidore flanked by 2 pieces of fort? This time I will tell you about the Fort of Torre, because the Fort of Tahula I have told you before. The fort of Torre lies slightly behind Kadato Kie. Precisely behind the tomb of Kapitalau and the tomb of Sultan Zainal Abidin Syah. About 30 minutes when we start from Rum Port.

it was so photogenic
it was so photogenic

The fort of Torre is a Portuguese heritage fortress built on the orders of Sancho de Vasconcelos (source from Documenta Malucensia Book) after obtaining permission from Sultan Gapi Baguna (16th Sultan of Tidore, 1586-1600) on 6 January 1578. This permission was obtained after the Portuguese were expelled from Ternate by Sultan Baabullah Khairun in 1570 for killing Sultan Khairun.

Fort Torre viewed from behind
Fort Torre viewed from behind

The name of the fort is estimated to be taken from the name of the then Portuguese captain, Hernando de la Torre. Fortress of Torre used to be used by the Portuguese for the defense of their families as rulers, due to the tight competition of monopoly of spice trade, especially Clove in Tidore, between Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Dutch.

beautiful view of my beloved country, Indonesia
beautiful view of my beloved country, Indonesia

The Torre fort is located at a fairly high location. There are dozens of steps to climb to reach the fort building. The front of the fort is facing directly to Halmahera Island, while the back faces to Mount Kie Marijang. Until now, the Fort Torre has undergone two stages of restoration, namely:

(1) In 2012, the restoration includes the manufacture of stairs, the reconstruction of part of the wall on the Southwest side, the southeast side and the reconnaissance space;
(2) In 2013, the restoration includes the reconstruction of the advanced wall of the Southeast and Southwest sides, the reconstruction of the northeast side wall, the reconstruction of part of the Northwest side wall and the arrangement of the environment.
The Northwest side wall was reconstructed partly because the structure of the wall was disconnected and no structure was found in the surrounding area after excavation. The restoration was carried out on the basis of a technical study conducted by BPCB Ternate (Balai Peninggalan Purbakala Ternate) stating that the Fort Fortress suffered severe damage and the structure of the castle only left about 30%, so it must be immediately restored to avoid further damage of the fort.

That afternoon when I arrived at the Fort Torre, the atmosphere around it was not so quiet. Some local people are seen in the field in front of the staircase that serves as access to reach the fort. I climbed the cement staircase provided to reach the main building of the castle, with large stones arranged haphazardly on the right and left side of the stairs, and dense trees enough to block the sunlight is still quite hot. If at Fort Tahula we have to climb about 123 steps, in the Fort Torre is fewer in number, only a few dozen steps.

stairs to Fort Torre


the view from the top of Fort Torre


garden, gazeebo, pathwalk and view of the sea

Climbing the stairs, I arrived on a path about 1.2 meters wide, made of cement. To the right and left a gazeebo that can be used to rest while enjoying the sea view and Halmahera Island in the distance. Around the footpath looks a very neat and well-maintained garden, adding to the beauty of the Fort Torre.

reconnaissance space at Fort Torre
reconnaissance space at Fort Torre


this is a photogenic spot to take a picture
this is a photogenic spot to take a picture


how can i not to fall in love with you, Indonesia?
how can i not to fall in love with you, Indonesia?

Entering the main building of the Fort Torre, on the right side of the entrance there is a reconnaissance space directly facing the sea. This room is taller than the rest of the fort and can be reached by climbing several stone steps, this space is equipped with a reconnaissance window on the front side. On the left side is a stone path that will lead us to the rear of the fort. In the center of the fort there is a garden with a variety of flowers that were currently in bloom, Cambodia, Bougenvill, and many more. Walking the stone walkway to the back side of the fort, I found a semi-circular portion of the fort. It looks like a well with a depth of about 5 meters. This section is empty, in the bottom there is only grass. The more rearward, the building of the Fort Torre is increasingly uphill, following the contours of the hilly land. Mount Kie Marijang appears to stand firmly in the distance, dashing!

garden in Fort Torre
garden in Fort Torre


blossom here


Indonesia, we love you.....
Indonesia, we love you…..


time to leave
time to leave


step up, and now we step down
step up, and now we step down

That afternoon, the Fort Torre looks very pretty. The afternoon sunshine refracts on the walls and courtyards of the fort. The blue sky and the rows of white clouds add to Tidore’s beautiful earth. The sun is increasingly leaning towards the west finally forced my feet to leave the fort. Leaving the beauty of past history that always amazes me and makes me a book lovers. It is true, the darkest of any history that ever happened, will surely be something that can be remembered.

this is Indonesia!

Tidore #3 – Kadato Kie, Tidore Sultanate Palace


Visiting Tidore, it seems less perfect without a visit to Kadato Kie, Kedaton Sultanate Tidore. Thanks to mbak Anita, finally me and my friends managed to visit and met Sultan Husain Syah, Sultan Tidore XXXVII.


a rare occasion, taking pictures with Sultan Tidore XXXVII, Sultan Hussain Syah

Kadato Kie is located about 24 km from Port Rum. It can be reached by using angkot at a cost of Rp 12,000, or motorcycle taxi at a cost of Rp 25,000 or rental car at a cost of Rp 150,000. The location is very strategic, face to face with the sea and back to Mount Kie Marijang. Its location in the middle of Tidore island provides a view of the entire territory of Tidore from West to East, and North to South. Kadato Kie is also flanked by two fortresses, namely Fort Tahula on the right, as well as the Hernando Torre Fort on the left. Kadato Kie has undergone three repairs since the last one was severely damaged by being burned by the invaders, so that nothing can be a historical proof, except for a crown that was rescued in one of the houses.


my visits and friends at Kadato Kie along with the visit of the Indonesian Architects Association of Halmahera Branch

That afternoon, my arrival and friends at Kadato Kie coincided with the Architects Association of Halmahera. Me and my friends had to wait and queue to meet and discuss casually with the Sultan. We were received by Sultan Hussain Syah in a relaxed atmosphere. The Sultan welcomed us very kindly. He shared his vision to explore and restore the long forgotten culture and tradition of Tidore to improve the lives of his people.

map of Ternate and Tidore areas during Portuguese colonization


genealogy of Tidore Sultanate

In the past, the Tidore region covered up to Irian Barat (now Papua), Ambon, Solomon and Fanuwatu. However, when Indonesia proclaimed its independence, the Solomon and Fanuwatu areas did not enter the territory of the Republic of Indonesia. Sultan Zainal Abidin Syah (Sultan Tidore at the time) then handed over the territory of Irian Barat to the Republic of Indonesia and Tidore became the capital of the province at that time. And Sultan Zainal Abidin Syah was later appointed as the first Governor of Irian Jaya.

a fragment of Sultan Tidore’s speech on the history of West Irian that was once part of the Tidore Sultanate, March 2, 1949

Sultan Hussain Syah also told about Sultan Nuku (1780 – 1805), Sultan Tidore XXX who holds Sri Paduka Maha Tuan Sultan Saidul Djehah Muhammad El Mabus Amiruddin Sjah Kaitjil Paparangan Jou Barakati. The figure of Sultan Nuku is what inflames the Tidore revolution to restore the dignity and glory of Tidore from the clutches of VOC-style political policy.

the crown of the Tidore Sultanate, was first used during the Syaifuddin Sultanate (Sultan Tidore XX – present)

Sultan Nuku also managed to unite Tidore and Ternate as the two were divided by Dutch politics. With “allied” tactics with Britain, Sultan Nuku and his troops managed to drive Dutch troops out of the Tidore region. Despite the excuse of “allying,” Britain has nothing to gain, other than ordinary trade relations. Ingenuity, courage, resilience and alertness of Sultan Nuku make Tidore able to establish good relations with the Portuguese, Spanish, English, and even Dutch.

For 25 years, Sultan Nuku befriended the war to defend Tidore’s territory. In his war strategy, Sultan Nuku diplomated with the Dutch and British, organizing strategies and tactics and plunging into battle using the Kora-Kora boat. All that was done to free the people of Tidore from the grip of the invaders. Currently Sultan Nuku has been recognized as a national hero in the Republic of Indonesia.

boat Kora-Kora, traditional boat of Tidore Sultanate

Besides Sultan Nuku, Tidore also has a regional hero (but is not yet recognized as a national hero) named Imam Abdullah Kadir Abdussalam, also known as Tuan Guru. Tuan Guru has been given the title of hero in South Africa.

A brief flashback to Tidore’s history, the Tidore Sultanate was founded in 1081 under the leadership of Muhammad Naqil (Kohlano Syahjati) (http://sejarahlengkap.com/indonesia/kerajaan/sejarah-kerajaan-tidore). Kadato Kie was built during the reign of Sultan Tidore XXVIII, Muhammad Tahir Muijuddin (1810 – 1821) in 1812. Kadato Kie’s construction took 50 years. However, it was totally destroyed at the end of the reign of Sultan Syahjuan in 1912 due to Dutch’s politics.

Based on a book written by Prime Minister of Tidore Sultanate (Jojau) M. Amin Faaroek, mentioned that before ascending the throne, Muhammad Tahir was a designer and architect. He began to design Kadato Kie’s form and then worked with local clerics. He also sent envoys to the regions to deliver the news that the Tidore Sultanate would build a Kedaton Sultanate and a sultanate mosque in the capital of Tidore Sultanate, in Soa Sio, which was better and bigger than the previous one. The imperial mosque to be built is the third mosque built after the Sultan Mosque built in 1710 and the mosque in Toloa Gamlamo.

The hard work of Sultan Muhammad Tahir paid off. In a short time there were artisans coming from areas like Raja Ampat, Maba, Patani and Weda to build a Kedaton. The construction of this kedaton was led by the chief artisan of Soa Kipu Bela Toduho, known as Tidore architect, named Lang Kie Iko Sorabi.

The construction of this 50-year-old Kedaton resulted in a building shaped like a male scorpion, in Tidore called Hai Mole. After the death of Sultan Muhammad Tahir in 1821, the construction of Kedaton was continued by Sultan Ahmadul Mansyur Sirajuddin and Sultan Ahmad Syafiuddin.

Kadato Kie, Tidore Sultanate

In 1912 there was the destruction of Kedaton by Jojau Muhammad Alting (Nau Cenge) with the princes and their families. This destruction occurred because of panic Jojau Muhammad Alting, who heard the news that there was a man named Besi who was ambitious to become Sultan Tidore, replacing Sultan Syahjuan who died in 1905. It is said that Besi has a lot of supporters, ranging from Weda, Patani and Maba. Besi’s supporters centered in Gita is reportedly waiting for the right time to attack Tidore. Jojau Muhammad Alting’s panic increased with the arrival of a Tomalou who hit Sagu in Gita, the Tomalou man said that the mass of Besi supporters is quite a lot, complete with food and weaponry.

The news made Jojau Muhammad Alting then sent some princes and Bobato customs Gimalaha and Fomanyira to Ternate to report it to Konteler Ternate. The Ternate Konteler then sends aid to Tidore, then to the Gita to dispel Besi and its supporters. At the same time, at dawn the day Jojau Muhammad Alting and his extended family had flattened Kadato Kie, having previously evacuated all of Kadato Kie’s property out.

In the past, Ternate and Tidore competed in trade. The competition led to the formation of two trade partnerships, each of whom became its leader:

  1. Uli-Lima (Five Brothers Union) led Ternate, covering Bacan, Seram, Obi, and Ambon. During the reign of Sultan Babullah, Ternate reached a golden point and had territory to the Philippines;
  2. Uli-Siwa (Persekutuan Sembilan Bersaudara) is led by Tidore, covering Halmahera, Jailolo to Papua. And the Kingdom of Tidore is also one of the Islamic Kingdom in Indonesia apart from the Palembang Sultanate founded by Ki Gedeng Suro, the Kingdom of Bima in the eastern region of Sumbawa, and Siak Sri Indrapura founded by Sultan Abdul Jalil Rahmat Syah. At the beginning of the 15th century the religion of Islam entered the Kingdom of Tidore because of the 11th Tidore King Sultan Ciriliyati or often called Sultan Djamaluddin like da’wah of Arabic pedakwah namely Sheikh Mansur, and after that the religion of Islam was made official religion of Tidore Kingdom.

Time went on and we had to say goodbye to Sultan Hussain Syah. One sentence from Sultan Hussain Syah is very imprint on my head “In Tidore there is no buskers or beggars. If there is, it can be ascertained that they are not Tidore people. We still have a sense of shame”.

fragment of a meeting decision between the VOC and the ruler of Maba, Tidore


fragment of Sultan Tidore’s notice to the Ternate Resident that Banda Island was conquered by Tidore, March 13, 1861


the flag of greatness of the Tidore Sultanate which was brought in during the war


the contract fragment between the VOC and Tidore on the Nutmeg and Cloves Tree, March 29, 1667

Before meeting Sultan Hussain Syah, my friends and I had a chance to see the room located on the floor below Kadato Kie. The large white-painted room with green dominated doors and windows served as a museum for the imperial collection. The collection kept in this room is only a small part, because most of the historical collection of the sultanate has been moved to the imperial museum which is located not far from there. The imperial collections I found were various photographs that tell the long history of Tidore. Several important historical high-value letters, as well as miniature Kora-Kora boats (traditional Tidore boats) that seem to tell how valiant the Tidore war troopers of his time.

the room contained beneath the living room of the sultanate, previously functioned as a museum


green color dominance seen on the doors and windows


reconstruction of Kedaton Sultanate of Tidore

In Kadato Kie’s living room, a pair of beautiful chairs are the throne of the empire. The very identical green color of Islam seems to dominate the room and the wall behind the throne. Flags and banners of the sultanate flank right and left the throne of the empire.

the throne of Tidore Sultanate


the banner of the Tidore Sultanate


the banner of the Tidore Sultanate

My visit to Tidore Sultanate that afternoon, and met directly with Sultan Tidore XXXVII, Sultan Hussain Syah was an unforgettable experience. This trip to Tidore is truly a special trip.

I am in front of the throne of Tidore Sultanate