The Glory of Wolio Fort

The Glory of Wolio Fort
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On the 16th century, the kingdom of Gowa, Ternate, the Dutch Government, and sea pirates wanted to dominate the southern end of Buton island, Southeast Sulawesi, because the place is strategically rich natural resources. Buton Sultanate under the leadership of Sultan Buton to-3, La Sangaji, which owns the land that was to build a fortress of limestone for the defense. The fortress is still standing strong despite the Bau-Bau, Sulawesi Tenggara, has a 22.4 hectare area and circumference length of 2740 meters. Fortress has a cross beam 12 (the entrance). According to local belief, limestone boulders were bonded by using egg whites. Inside the fort which became known as the Palace Fortress Wolio there are 624 houses that is still largely a typical architecture of the kingdom of Buton, namely stage-house that was built without using nails of iron. The house can be easily dismantled and reassembled if residents want to move. Uniquely, the legs of the stage house was just leaning on a stone that size almost equal to the size of the home leg. Until now, the houses are still inhabited by the descendants of people who used to work at the Palace of Buton. According to one community leader in Fort Wolio, Ali Arham, at the time of the kingdom there are two groups of people. They are kaumu group (group king and the executive branch) and walaka groups (groups of people who worked as a legislative council).

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