Islamic Landmark in the Highest Spot of Wakatobi

Fitra Iskandar    •    Rabu, 09 Dec 2015 10:24 WIB
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Islamic Landmark in the Highest Spot of Wakatobi
Mubarok Mosque (Photo: MTVN/Fitra Iskandar), Wakatobi: Aside from maritime tourism, the culture of Wakatobi's people is interesting to be explored. One of them is the Village of Liya Togo, Wangi-Wangi Island.
In the location, there is an old mosque, Mubarok. The mosque, established in 1546 is surrounded by fortresses made of coral rocks. The mosque is the second oldest mosque in the region after Great Mosque of Wolio Sultanate.

On the left side of the mosque, a graveyard was set, as one of the most appealing is the tomb placed on the highest part of the land. 
The shape is not like any other tombs in general. It is quite wide, as marked by the lines of coral stacked onto the land. Meanwhile, the area of the tomb is surrounded by stone fence.

According to the legends, the tomb is a resting place of a man named Talo-Talo, a powerful man given the area of Liya Togo by the Buton Sultanate.
Talo-Talo was given power over Liya Togo for his merits to the Buton Sultan, when given a task of resolving a conflict in one of the states. Liya Togo stands on the higher grounds south of Wangi-Wangi Island, at about 8 kilometers from the regency's capital. 

Aside from the mosque and tomb, a meeting plate in the form of a house of stilts named 'Baruga' also stands not far from the mosque's front yard. Meanwhile, there are 12 gates to enter the fort complex. The 12 were used as the exit points back then.
Mubarok Mosque had become a witness of Islam in Wangi-Wangi Island, which is currently pet of Wakatobi Regency. Wakatobi Tourism Board had placed it as one of the developing tourism destination. 

One of the programs to be held is making a historical synopsis about the Liya Togo Mosque. The administration also prepared a training program for the local society to guide the guests.
"Later, whoever is visiting, there will be those who can explain the historical synopsis of the fort and old mosque there," mentioned the Head of Tourism Destination Development of Wakatobi's Tourism Board, Siswadi, when met during the Wakatobi Wonderful Festival and Expo 2015 some time ago.

Another homework for the government in developing the region by arranging the buildings around the fortress areas, as several areas had been aligned with the residents' houses.