Fort Rotterdam, Makassar

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#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Sulawesi
Visit Fort Rotterdam, a set of historical buildings. First built in 1545 in a mixture of stone and burnt clay, the fort was captured by the Dutch in 1667, becoming a strategic base for the colonial power in eastern Indonesia. Used as a prison by the Dutch and occupying Japanese forces during World War II, the fort now houses a museum detailing the complex history of conflict and contest in the region. It also serves as a well-preserved example of Dutch-era architecture. Plan your Fort Rotterdam visit and explore what else you can see and do in Makassar using our Makassar vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This place is the old heritage building. Long time ago, the name was fort in Ujung Pandang (the city name before it changed to Makassar). Located near the Losari Beach and seaport, this place is easy ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I payed a student guide 100000idr and he knew alot about the place so i thought it was interesting walking around the museums. A little too many daggers on display though. After a while not super inte...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    saya suka sekali datang ke Benteng Rotterdam terutama di akhir pekan. Tempat ini tidak terlalu luas tetapi ada banyak tempat yang bisa dikunjungi. Di dalam area benteng rotterdam ada Museum I La Galig...  more »
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  • August 27, 2017
    Well maintained historical place with good view. The only annoying thing was the gate keeper staff that asked money, not for admission ticket, but for his own pocket money.
  • August 29, 2017
    This is one of the icon of Makassar. This historical building complex consists of a number of buildings. A visit to Makassar would not be complete unless you spent some time walking around this fort. I personally think that this building should be conserved for its historical value.
  • August 31, 2017
    This historical place is good, but the people aren't. too much vandalism at the fort. Sepi, tidak banyak orang ke sini
  • August 24, 2017
    this is a historical site which houses the I La Galigo museum of the Makassar/Bugis culture and history. It's in great shape and hosts various local community events.
  • September 6, 2017
    Tourist place banget sih. Tapi wajar banget banyak yang kesana, tempatnya enak buat nyantai. Bisa liat sunset dari bagian atas benteng, bisa piknik di rumput hijaunya, trus dekat sama tempat wisata yang lain seperti pantai losari dan beberapa pulau sekitar kota makassar. Kalau ke Makassar, wajib banget kesini.

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