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TAMANSARI WATER CASTLE

TAMANSARI WATER CASTLE
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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BACKGROUND

Tamansari, meaning perfumed garden, is the name for the gardens and associated structures built in 1765 for Hamengku Buwono I, the sultan of the kingdom of Yogyakarta. The grounds spread over 12,600 acres and included a series of water gardens, pools, and artificial lakes, as well as a collection of 59 buildings. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Tamansari complex suffered from a series of devastating earthquakes, including one in 1867 that damaged many of the significant buildings, and effectively drained the water gardens. The site was included on the 2004 World Monuments Watch. Following Watch-listing, WMF supported work on the restoration of the garden’s principal entrance, the ornate Gapura Agung. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Though the Tamansari garden has suffered from natural disaster, neglect, and urban encroachment, the complex remains an important national monument, and one of the best surviving examples of eighteenth-century Javanese architecture and landscape design. The garden is visually impressive and historically significant. (...)