Java Central Gombong Sidayu Fort van der Wijk

Written by on May 21, 2012 in Indonesia, West Indonesia Forts with 0 Comments

Java Central Gombong Sidayu Fort van der Wijk

If you have been to Kebumen, not hurt you to stop for a moment to the history of the fort attractions Van der Wijck. Its location is quite near from main road / highway Kebumen-Yogya, which is about 300 meters, it is very pity if pass up. Ancient fortress with the dominant red color is quite conspicuous among the other buildings, but given the subtle from the main road entrance to the tourist sites are quite far from the gate of the fort. Provided that the mini train ready to take visitors from the main gate surrounds this historic attractions You do not have to worry that the attraction is the history of this location, will only be treated to the ancient buildings which tend to be tedious and less desirable children. Some means of children’s games have been built around the castle like a swan boat, turn the wheel and various other children’s games. Not to forget is also a giant dinosaur statue built joined to enliven the atmosphere and more familiarized with the world of children. Even a mini railway station was built just above the top of the fort’s main gate, allowing visitors to round the top of the castle by using a mini train. Inside the castle itself, visitors can see some pictures of documentation about the original form of the castle buildings as they are found and the stages of restoration that has been done about it. Rooms of the former military barracks, dormitories, guard posts and forts can be seen in pretty much everything in a neat and clean condition. It’s just a notice board affixed to the outside of the fort contains “Before entering the castle you should pray for a moment by their belief”, could lead to wrinkles didahi read it as memorable as sinister. Could it ever happen things outside of reason against visitors currently resides in the castle, like a man possessed? Van der Wijck actual fortress built in the early 19th century or around 1820′s, the same Diponegoro widespread rebellion. This rebellion was very inconvenient because Diponegoro Dutch colonial government supported some elite figures in South Java. Thus the Dutch and then apply the tactics of the fort stelsel controlled areas immediately built the fort. Leaders who initiated the founding of this fort is the Governor-General Van den Bosch. The aim is clear as a defense (and attack) in the South Kedu residency. At that time, many forts built by the system of forced labor (forced labor) because there are rules that residents must pay taxes in the form of labor. Of course this makes us more and more people suffer less before the governor-general had a similar project that is Deandels highway heading (Anyer Penarukan, along ca. 1000 km), also with forced labor. Judging from the shape of the building, the building’s contemporary fort Willem (Ambarawa) and Prins Oranje (Semarang has now been destroyed). At inception, the fortress with high walls of 10 m was named Fort Cochius (Fort Cochius). Its name is taken from one of the Dutch army officer (David Frans Cochius) ever assigned Bagelen (one of the residency Kedu). Van der Wijck name, which is listed on the front of the entrance, was one of the Dutch military officer who was a commander at the fort. Van der Wijck reputation is quite bright because one of his services was to silence the fighters in Aceh, and with absolute cruelty. In the Japanese era, the fort was used as a barracks and training ground fighters PETA. Judging from the physical, the extent of 3606.62 m2 building has been undergoing renovation which is pretty good. Unfortunately, less attention to the renovation of this historic building conservation rules to remember this building as one of the potential of cultural heritage (cultural heritage)

Benteng Van Der Wijk

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