Attractions

Museum in Kota Ternate

Keraton

Built in 1834 and restored in semi-colonial style, the Sultan’s Palace is still a family home. There's a museum section with a small but interesting collection of historic weaponry and memorabilia from the reigns of…
Fortress in Kota Ternate

Benteng Oranye

Known to the Portuguese as Fort Malayo, the Dutch-built Benteng Oranye, which dates from the early 17th century, is a sprawling, largely ruinous complex inhabited by goats, rusted cannon and…the army. Once home to t…
Mosque in Kota Ternate

Majolica Ulama Indonesia

It's hardly the Hagia Sophia, and the seaward minarets have been reclaimed by the sea (only the crumbled footings remain), but this concrete-and-tile mosque dominates the central foreshore of Kota Ternate, and has b…
Fortress in Kota Ternate

Benteng Tolukko

A tiny, beautifully situated fort surrounded by a vivid tropical garden, Benteng Tolukko was the first Portuguese stronghold on Ternate (1512). It's better-preserved that the town's two other benteng, inviting a str…
Fortress in Kota Ternate

Benteng Kalamata

The 1540 Benteng Kalamata is dramatically situated on the waterfront 1km southwest of Bastiong, staring down Ternate's old foe, Tidore. You can wander the unusual angular geometry of its outer walls, but may have to…
Mosque in Kota Ternate

Royal Mosque

On the 27th evening of Ramadan, Lailat-ul-Qadr celebrations see the sultan’s procession arrive to a mass of flaming torches at the Royal Mosque, which has impressive heavy interior timberwork.