Dutch Fort in Muara Tembesi

Benteng di Kecamatan Muara Tembesi

(Peninggalan Belanda)

Dutch home built in the early part of the 1900's, still in use by several Indonesian families.

Dutch home built in the early part of the 1900’s, still in use by several Indonesian families.

Positioned along a sharp bend on the Batanghari River, approximately 5km to the northwest of the City of Muara Tembesi, remains evidence of a former Dutch settlement (and some make the claim that it was also a Dutch fort). At this time there’s no remaining evidence of a fort or any old canons, but the Dutch architecture can clearly be seen in the old homes, which at this time are occupied by Indonesian families.)

Other evidence that bears witness to a Dutch presence are three clearly marked Dutch graves. The graves are intermingled with many Muslim graves at this time. Typically Indonesia segregates graveyards by religions, but segregation wasn’t enforced in this particular graveyard.

One of three Dutch graves we found in the graveyard close to the area where the former Dutch fort is located.

“Hier Rust Jusof” (Here Rests Joseph)
One of three Dutch graves we found in the graveyard close to the area where the former Dutch settlement/ fort is located.

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Some people have uploaded information about this location along the river, as if it was a Japanese fort. We don’t know how they came to that conclusion, but the people we interviewed in this particular area said that that information was incorrect.

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Wikimapia Links

The exact location of the “Dutch” graveyard can be found by clicking this link. After turning left off the “Jambi-Padang Road,” the graveyard will be 50 meters ahead on your right.

The exact location of the area where the former Dutch settlement / fort was located can be found with this link. After turning left off the “Jambi-Padang Road,” the Dutch settlement will be 1.5km ahead on your right.

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