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Jakarta Post

Bajang Ratu: A sight from the past

  • Retno K. Djojo


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 24 2009   /  03:01 pm

Gapura Bajang Ratu, an ancient gateway dating back to the Majapahit era, emanates a captivating charm. Unlike other historical monuments in Trowulan that stand dignified at soaring heights of more than 20 meters, Bajang Ratu is just 16.5 meters tall. But what it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in grace. Its slender body is topped with a tiered roof, tapering to some 8 meters, giving it an impression of elegance and exoticism. The gate's foot has wings adorned with intricate fillets and beautifully crafted relief panels. Viewed from the driveway, the elegant historical gateway, constructed of brick, reflects distinctive East Java temple architecture. The monster head of Kala above the doorway is also distinctively East Javanese. All the layers of its tiered roof have relief decorations showing the mystical Garuda bird, dragons and the one-eyed Cyclops. The ...