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The peaceful pools of the ancients

  • Retno K. Djojo

    CONTRIBUTOR

MOJOKERTO, EAST JAVA   /   Fri, February 20 2009   /  02:55 pm

Historic Trowulan, an archaeological site in Mojokerto, East Java, has a wealth of artifacts buried in its soil. Dutch Ir. Henri Maclaine Pont, who has shown great interest in this historic site, mapped out (in 1924) the original locations of temples, palaces, barracks, meeting halls, water reservoirs and canals, all dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Excavations and restorations continue, although at a snail's pace because of lack of funding. At the center of the large park is a beautiful example of Trowulan's cultural heritage: Candi Tikus, unearthed in 1914 and in every aspect extraordinary in its own right. Whereas other temples in Trowulan rise dignified above the ground, Candi Tikus lies below ground level. This ancient architectural jewel, measuring 22.5 meters on each side, is believed to have been a royal bathhouse. Constructed entirely out of re...