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Puro Mangkunegaran

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Dominating a wide grassy alun-alun (public square) in the heart of Solo, Puro Mangkunegaran is the residence of the Royal House of Mangkunegaran.

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The impressive palace comprises several pavilions amid pretty gardens that can be visited by the public, an excellent small collection of royal paraphernalia in their museum, as well as the private quarters of the royal family.

A low slung broad ceiling. Photo taken in or around Puro Mangkunegaran, Solo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

A low slung broad ceiling. Photo: Sally Arnold

After the partitioning of the Mataram Sultanate in 1755 which saw the establishment of the Sultanates of Surakarta (Solo) and Yogyakarta, all was still not calm in the kingdoms of Central Java. Raden Mas Said who laid claim to a chunk of former Mataram lost out in the split. More drama ensued and later a further rift established the Duchy of Mangkunegaran with the signing of the Salitiga treaty on 17 March 1757, effectually putting to rest the discord between Java’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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