“Kraton Surosowan or often called Kedaton Pakuwon Building was the residence of the sultans of Banten. In the past , this palace was the center of the political, economic, social and cultural activities. The Palace which has an area of approximately 3.8 hectares, leaving only ruins of the foundations and walls around the fortress that used to function as a defense as high as 3-4 meters with a thickness of 6-8 meters, it has always been a mystery to the people of Banten, because none people who know the original form of the building.
The palace was originally built by the first Sultan of Bantam, namely Maulana Hasanuddin (1526-1570). In the reign of Sultan Haji (1672-1687), a wall around the palace was built by a Dutch architect named Lucas Cardeel. This change was made after Surosowan palace was destroyed by the war that took place between the Sultan Tirtayasa with the VOC (Dutch Indie Company).
In In 1813 the Surosowam palace was destroyed again on the orders of the Dutch indie Governor General, Herman Daendels. As cultural heritage Surosowan palace protected by law Number 11 of 2010 Concerning Cultural Heritage.”
Wednesday, January 29, 2014