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Jakarta Post

52 Cirebon historic buildings in peril

  • Nana Rukmana

    The Jakarta Post

Cirebon   /   Mon, July 16 2012   /  08:20 am

Fifty-two historic buildings closely connected with the history of West Java’s Cirebon are currently in desperate need of restoration, not just mere repairs, said a cultural observer.

The heritage sites and buildings are poorly managed and some of them will seem to be unable to withstand the test of time without some additional help.

“Serious steps should be taken [by the government] to save these historic buildings from destruction. These buildings must be revitalized and protected,” said Ahmad Syubhanuddin Alwy, the Cirebon Cultural Council (DKC) head, recently. “Saving our historic monuments is part of saving the nation’s future. We should not forget our history by neglecting these important historical sites,” he added.

Alwy said that the damage was mainly caused by old age and poor maintenance. He feared that if the old landmarks and buildings vani...