Historical Adventure At Pulau Seribu

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Fort Mortello

Pulau Seribu is a group of island and located in Jakarta. This group of island is not only have beautiful scenery for snorkeling but also great history stories especially at the colonialism era. On 1st August 2009 Komunitas Historia Indonesia made a day trip to this island. Several island that were visited were Pulau Kelor, Pulau Onrust and Pulau Cipir. There are three ports to reach  Pulau Seribu; if you like to backpack you could lead your way to Muara Angke Port or Muara Kamal Port. But if you used to traveling with suitcase, choose the Marina Ancol Port.

Pulau Kelor (Kelor Island)
Pulau Kelor (the original name of this island is Kerkhof) is approximately 20 minutes from Muara Kamal. In Pulau Kelor,  there is a large circular fort, Fort Martello. The fort is made of brick was built as the Dutch defense system of their enemies. Benteng Martello fort was modeled on a successful French  to banish the enemy on the island of Corsica in the 18th century. Besides the castle, on the island there are also Kelor tombs of Dutch soldiers who died during the war.
But strangely, the graves of the soldiers were not visible on this island. Although still looks like the original building, Martello Castle actually come from the events affected by the eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883, and abrasion that is increasingly out island wide.

Pulau Onrust (Onrust Island)
Banten karena banyak pepohonan rindang disini.">Onrust island that has meaning without a break. Before the 17th century, Pulau Onrust  often used as a resting place of the kings of Banten as many shady trees here. When the VOC rule, Onrust Island used as a shipyard made with the dock, the fort, powder magazine, bastions, and wind wheel. Onrust Island has several times attacked by English Soldiers and also destructed by eruption of Krakatoa.
After rebuilt, Pulau Onrust
have used as a weather station, quarantine pilgrimage, political prisoners, hospital for patients with infectious diseases, homeless and beggars and the TNI military exercises. Nowdays, besides the ruins of the dormitory buildings and a prison pilgrimage, on Pulau Onrust there are also houses Dutch physician which is currently made into a  museum, the Dutch cemetery with a large tombstone bearing the poetic words and the tomb of DI / TII, Kartosuwiryo.

Pulau Cipir (Cipir Island)
Pulau Cipir has a  white sand.  it also has another name; Pulau Kahyangan Island or Nirwana Island.
Formerly, newly arrived pilgrims from the holy land was first off the island Cipir. The pilgrims were  checked his health, if they carry infectious germs, they had  to stay in the quarantine station at Cipir the island, but for them whom was stated health would be brought to the island of Onrust. At the end of the island there are several foundations Cipir Ponton Bridge. The bridge is estimated to have existed since 1911. If sea water is receding, you can see the red brick structure that is composed into a small pier foundation of the building formerly used to receive the arrival of the pilgrims who will be quarantined on the island.

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Fort Mortello
Fort Mortello
Pulau Seribu
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