Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lawang Sewu (Central Java, Indonesia)

The front of the historic building is decorated by the twin towers and gothic models are divided into two, lengthwise rearward impressive sturdy, big and beautiful. Lawang Sewu architecture art deco, characterized by a growing exclusively on the 1850-1940 era in continental Europe.
This building overlooks the Wilhelmina Park is now better known as Tugu Muda complex. In front of Lawang Sewu tramways had passed the city of Semarang, majoring in Fine Jomblang. Aerial photographs taken in 1927 still shows this transport pathway.
After the Japanese took over the Dutch rule in Indonesia in 1942, the basement of this building was previously a drainage channel in the "magic" into the dungeon as well as drainage channels. This building is also a silent witness to fierce battles between the people of Indonesia by the Japanese army known as the Battle of Five Days in Hyderabad (October 14, 1945 - October 19, 1945). To commemorate that historic event, a few years later the government built a stele in the courtyard Wilhelmina Park is now known as Monument Muida
Ancient buildings and magnificent two-story after independence was used as the office of the Railway Bureau Indonesia (DKARI) or now PT Kereta Api Indonesia. In addition once used as the Office of Infrastructure Agency Regional Military Command (Kodam IV / Diponegoro) Regional Office (Regional Office) Department of Transportation Central Java. 

Given Lawang Sewu have important historical value, then the Municipal Mayor of Semarang and SK 650/50/1992, enter Lawang Sewu as one of 102 ancient or historic buildings in the city of Semarang that should be protected.
Currently Lawang Sewu currently in phase renovation to repair the building parts are already damaged with age


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