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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 rival courts.

Raden Mas Said was henceforth known as Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Mangkunegara Senopati Ing Ayudha Sudibyaningprang or simply Mangkunegaran I. Although his status as Duchy was not considered as lofty as the Sultan, he soon established his palace around two kilometres northeast of the Karaton Kasunanan Surakarta, the royal palace of the Sultan of Surakarta.

Intricate ceiling work. Photo taken in or around Puro Mangkunegaran, Solo, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Intricate ceiling work. Photo: Sally Arnold

For the next century during the sovereignty of Mangkunegaran I (reign 1757-1795) until Mangkunegaran IV (reign 1853-1881), construction and additions to the building continued. After Indonesia’s independence, the royal courts of Java lost political power and today the Duchy of Mangkunegara is seen more as a cultural guardian. Fortunes of the royals subsequently took a downturn, and in the late 1960s the palace was opened for business as a cultural showpiece. The current sovereign, Mangkunegara IX (reign 1987– ) and his family still live in the palace. Siti Hartinah Suharto (Ibu Tien), the late wife of Indonesia’s former President Suharto is a descendent of this ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Puro Mangkunegaran
Jl. Ronggowarsito, Solo
Mo–Su: 08:00–15:00 Th & Su: Closes at 14:30
Admission: 20,000 rupiah

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