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Jakarta Post

Vastenburg Fortress to undergo

  • Kusumasari Ayuningtyas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 17 2012   /  02:57 pm

The Surakarta municipality is going to restore the Vastenburg Fortress as part of a campaign to preserve its historic buildings.

The fortress is evidence of the Dutch colonial presence in Indonesia’s past.

It had become a polemical issue as to whether the municipality would assume control of the compound or whether land users would be granted extended use before the Defense Ministry, as the owner of the site, issued their approval on the proposed restoration work submitted by the municipality.

Head of the Central Java Prehistoric Legacy Conservation Center’s ( BP3 ) preservation and usage section, Gutomo, said that restoration work would start this year, beginning with repairs to the western part of the fortress.

“We will start with the gate, which has an office-like building over the top of it,” Gutomo told The Jakarta Post on Friday.