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Tidore # 8 – Torre, The Portuguese Heritage in Tidore

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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.

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stairs to Fort Torre

 

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the view from the top of Fort Torre

 

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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

 

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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.

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this is Indonesia!

Tidore #4 – Long History of Tahula Fort

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Tahula Fort is located at Sultan Syaifuddin Street, Soa Sio Village, Tidore Subdistrict, Tidore Kepulauan Town. Its location is on a fairly steep hill in the coastal area. Construction of this fortress staircase shown by the number of stairs in the area of the fort. There are 2 pieces of triangular bastion and 1 round bastion.

Fort Tahula
Fort Tahula

Based on the archives of Spain, circa 1607, one year after Spain conquered Ternate, Juan de Esquivel (the first Spanish Governor in Maluku, May 1606 – March 1609) ordered to build a fortress in Tidore, but this development was not accomplished due to lack of manpower. The construction of Fort Tahula, also known as Benteng Tohula or Kota Hula, was only started in 1610 by Cristobal de Azcqueta Menchacha (1610 – 1612), the Spanish Governor at that time.

However, this development work is also not yet complete. The construction of Fort Tahula was intensified in 1613 and completed in 1615 under the leadership of the Spanish Governor Don Jeronimo de Silva (1612 – 1617), and the fortress was named Santiago de los Caballeros de Tidore or Sanctiago Caualleros de los de la de Ysla Tidore.

The fort was inhabited by 50 Spanish soldiers equipped with artillery to protect their flagged ships. Spain used this fortress until 1662. After Spain’s departure in 1707, the Dutch – who were in power at the time – asked Sultan Tidore to destroy the fortress of Tahula. However, before the fort was completely destroyed, Sultan Tidore Hamzah Fahroedin (1650-1700) requested that this fort be preserved as the residence of the sultanate.

Tidore
Tidore

The location of Fort Tahula is very strategic, right on the edge of the beach and on the cliff, giving access to a wider view of the city of Tidore. We have to pass about 123 steps to reach the fort. On the right and left side of the stairs that passed, looks green plants are neatly arranged. Like the historic buildings in general, the condition of Fort Tahula is also not intact. Parts of it have been damaged and collapsed.

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stairs as the entry access to Fort Tahula

the stairs number about 123 steps
the stairs number about 123 steps

Up the stairs that became the only access to the building of the fort, it was quite tiring. But the scenery gained after arriving at the top of the fort was very beautiful. From the top of the fort, there will be views of Tidore City, Kadato Kie, Tidore Sultan Mosque, Tanjung Soa Sio, Soa Sio main road and Halmahera Island in the distance. Entrance access to the fort is located right at the intersection of Soa Sio main street. In front of this fort stood firmly, a monument of Cloves.

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monument of Clove, in front of Fort Tahula

 

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I can only photograph the name of the Fort Tahula from above

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this stairs to the top of the Fort Tahula

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view from the top of Fort Tahula

I arrived at Fort Tahula after a visit to Kedaton Sultanate of Tidore, Kadato Kie. In the afternoon, the sun in Soa Sio is still quite hot. Slowly I climbed one by one the steps that will lead to the main building of Fort Tahula is high enough located on the hill. Arriving at the first courtyard, my eyes were treated to a pretty garden scenery, filled with colorful flowers and green trees. Continuing my way up the steps that would take me to the second court of Tahula Fortress, the trees on either side of the stairs were pretty dense and blocked the sunlight of the afternoon. In the second courtyard, I found a rung of iron which is quite steep and very narrow to reach the top of Fort Tahula. And from the top of Fort Tahula, a very beautiful landscape greeted me, view of Tidore City from above. Houses of residents interspersed with trees that are quite shady, collaborating with the blue sea is very broad. What would you say? I just want to say “This is Indonesia, my beloved country!”

 

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view from the top of Fort Tahula

 

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this is still the view from the top of Fort Tahula

 

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a scenery from the top of Fort Tahula

In the vicinity of Fort Tahula are still found many coconut and banana trees. The view to the open sea was clearly plastered. From the top of the fort looks a footpath made of stone that becomes a foot path to surround the fort area. Some gazeebos are seen in several locations, provided for resting visitors. Deep in the back of the fort, Mount Kie Marijang stands dashing, as if guarding the whole island of Tidore.

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views of the sea and the jetty from the Fortress of Tahula

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Mount of Kie Marijang in distance

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this is bentor, a traditional vehicle in Tidore I found in front of Fort Tahula

watch out!
watch out!

be safe!
be safe!

Enjoying the afternoon at the top of Fort Tahula is very pleasant. The heat of the sun is directly proportional to the wind. I imagining to enjoying the moment the sun rises from above FortressTahula, ah … I will miss that place very much.

 

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Yes! This is Indonesia!