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Voorburg, fort

The small square fort Kotanaka was built in the 18th century by the Dutch East India Company. It stood next to the keraton (Palace) of the Sultan of Ternate. The fort served in the first place to keep an eye out on the kraton and remind him of the presence of the company.
It was also part of the series of small fortifications that protected the coast before the city of Ternate. The fort was to the stream that there sprang also called "Santosa".
Fort Kotanaka is owned by the family of the sultan. The fort is built of natural and brick with as adhesive a mixture of lime and sand. At the recent renovation, the original steps and walls were covered with imitation-stone reliefs made of cement.

build start


build end



18de eeuw



coral stone


historical name

Voorburg, fort

Voorburgh, fort

Foorburg, fort

Kotanaka, fort

Santosa, fort

country Indonesia
region Ternate Island


location Ternate


  • anoniem/anonymous, Landmonsterrollen (1691-1790)
  • Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur, Inventory and identification of forts in Indonesia (Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur, Jakarta, 2010), 192
  • Brommer, B., Grote Atlas van de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie III, Indische Archipel en Oceanië = Comprehensive Atlas of the United East India Company, III, Malay Archipelago and Oceania (Asia Maior/Atlas Maior, Voorburg, 2008), 257
  • Wall, V.I. van de, De Nederlandsche oudheden in de Molukken (Den Haag, 1928), 252-253, 265