Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Castle (Taman Sari)

Visit to the Castle (Taman Sari). You will experience the unique feel of the past in it.

Castle is a royal park or guesthouse Yogya sultan and his family. Actually, in addition to Taman Sari, the Sultanate Yogyakata have some guest house like Warungboto, Manukberi, Ambarbinangun and Ambarukmo. All of which serves as a place to rest and meditate Sultan and his family. Besides the components shown as a resort, guest house, rest house is always a component of the defense. Likewise, only the Castle.

The location of the Castle is only about 0.5 km south of Yogyakarta Kingdom. The architect of this building is Portuguese, so glance as if this building has the art of European architecture is very powerful, symbolic meanings besides Java will be retained. But if we observe, meaning more dominant element of the building Java in here. Castle built during the Sultan lane I or around the end of XVII century AD Castle is not just a royal park, but this building is a complex consisting of swimming baths, water canals, special rooms and a large pool (when open water canals).

Parts - the Castle:

    Part Sacred
    Castle sacred part of a building is shown with a somewhat aloof. This room consists of a building serves as a place of hermitage Sultan and his family.
    Section Swimming Baths
    This section is used for the Sultan and his family have fun. This section consists of two ponds separated by multistory buildings. Pool water out of the shower shape of a typical animal. The building is very unique pool with large pots therein.
    Sections Boxwood Island
    This section consists of several buildings of the Island or Pulau Kenanga Cemeti, Gemuling wells, and underground passageways.

    Island or Pulau Kenanga Cemeti is a tall building that serves as a resting place, as well as a lookout. This is the only building that will be visible if the open water canals and water Boxwood commemorate this island region. Stated that when viewed from above, the building as if a lotus flower in the middle of a very large pond.

    Gemuling wells is a circular building shaped like a well in which there are rooms that supposedly once functioned as a place of prayer.

    Meanwhile corridors in the region formerly said to function as a secret passageway that connects the Castle to the Sultan's Palace. There is even a legend that says that this hallway through to the south coast and is a way for the Sultan of Yogyakarta to meet with Nyai Roro Kidul is said to be the wife of kings Sultanate Yogyakarta. This section is a part that serves as a place of defense or protection for the Sultan's family if at any time there is an attack from the enemy.

Castle is a pretty interesting place to visit. Besides the location is not too far from the Sultan's Palace which is the city's main tourist attraction, the Castle has several features. Privileges include Castle is located on the building itself is relatively intact and maintained as well as the environment that strongly supports its existence as a tourist attraction.

Castle in the environment can be found Saka Tunggal mosque which has a single pole. Although the mosque was built in the twentieth century, but its uniqueness can still be an asset to this dikompleks. In addition, Castle district with its Tamam village is very famous for its batik craft. We can shop and see firsthand the making of batik-batik paintings and convection. Castle Village is well known that a lot of requests from both foreign tourists and tourist archipelago. Not far from the Castle, can be found Ngasem Market which is a traditional market and the biggest bird market in Yogyakarta. Some supporters of the appeal is what makes Castle became one of the tourist destination of Yogyakarta Sultan's Palace.

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