Benteng Belgica or Belgica Fort is a heritage fortress from Portuguese that been built in Bandaneira, Maluku Tengah. Bandaneira is a small town that also a heritage city from Portuguese and Duch colonization. This city became important city for Dutch and Portuguese since it produce some of important spices. Since Bandaneira was the center of trading, then the building of fortress is needed to be built. This fortress was also play the role as a prison and the place for keeping the gun.
At early begin; Belgica was named as Benteng Nassau. But when the development of the fortress, the reign of Portuguese was replaced by the Dutch, the name was changed as Belgica. During the reign of Dutch colonization, this fortress was used as the military defense and vessel traffic monitoring trade.
In addition to the historical value, this place is also has stunning view. The building is standing through 400 years and still standing strong against time. Belgica has other name as The Indonesian Pentagon, for the pentagon shape, similar to the American Pentagon.
By having typical Europe style, this fort has Bastion on the building. Bastion is a hole in the wall of the fortress, to place the cannon inside it. In fact, we can see the existence of the cannon at this place, genuine cannon since Dutch era. Moreover, Belgica has open space that located in the middle of the fortress, and it was used as prison. There are tower in each side of the fort, and stairs to reach the peak of the tower. From this peak, we can see the Banda Islands with naked eyes.
We can see and visit this fort for free, but there will be donation box that you can give your charity for the development of this place. To reach this place is east, if you are coming from Ambon, we can use Pelni ship to Yos Sudarso seaport in Bandaneira. After arriving to the place, we can use public transportation to the fortress, like taxi, Ojek or Angkot.
Benteng Belgica or Belgica Fort is a heritage fortress from Portuguese that been built in Bandaneira, Maluku Tengah. Bandaneira is a small town that also a heritage city from Portuguese and Duch colonization. This city became important city for Dutch … Continue reading
Beaches in Ambon are known well for their beauty. The visitors are not as crown as those who come to pulau Bali or Lombok, but that makes beaches in Kota Ambon still in original and natural condition. One of the … Continue reading
Village of Sawai, Maluku, is one of destinations in the Manusela National Park. The waters are calm and clean. This tourism village has the same beauty with other islands in Indonesia. This village is famous for its beaches and sea. … Continue reading
Bacan Island Bacan is a group of islands in the Maluku Islands and becomes the largest island on the territory. The islands are mountainous and forested. The islands lie in south of Ternate and west of Halmahera’s southernmost arm. Bacan … Continue reading