Talietumu fort – The ruins of the fortress in Wallis and Futuna

The fort was built around 1450 during the expansion of the Tu’i Tonga Empire and it was the last holdout of the Tongans on Uvea until they were defeated.

The archaeological site was a fortified settlement called Kolo Nui and the whole fortress is surrounded by a strong defensive wall build of basalt with several entrances which now are about two meters high.

Inside the fort there are a few preserved buildings and structures, lawns and the central circular elevated ceremonial platform called Talietumu. Raised walkways paved in stone that were reserved for the monarch, start from the mala’e (a common or sacred place for religious and social purposes) and radiate outward from within the fort.

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