Otanaha Fortress


Otanaha fortress is a potential object for Gorontalo, instead of this located on strategic area, the historical value also become the main point for the tourists who want to visit to Gorontalo.

Otanaha Fortress is stand on the mountain hill around Limboto lake. There are 3 fortresses on Otanaha residence, which is Otanaha, Otahiya, an Ulupahu fortress. Seems like they are husband, wife and the kid.

Since 15 century, Otanaha fortress was build by the Portuguese as an agreement between King Ilato and Portuguese to avoid the pirates. Unfortunately, the Portuguese was just made a harness into the Gorontalo kingdom. This made the King drove the Portuguese out from Gorontalo.

The unique of the fortress applies in the material that was used to build the castle, which was the mixed of sand, plaster and the white part of Maleo egg. The panorama of Danau Limboto also can be seen clearly from Otanaha, because the fortress itself stands in the top of the highland. Precisely, it located in Dembe I, Kota Barat. The distance is approximately 8 km from the center of Gorontalo city.

Beside Otanaha, there are two more castles that also located in the same area, Otahiya and Ulupahu castles. The visitor must pass 345 steps of stairs to reach the three of the castles because of its position that located in the top of the highland. There is also alternative way to be able to reach the top of the mountain.


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