Bajang Ratu Temple


Bajang Ratu temple, located in the hamlet of Kraton, not far from Tikus temple, is one of Trowulan's principal attractions. The remains consist of an elegant gateway, built from red brick, probably dating from around the mid 14th century.The shape of the building is tall and slender, rising to a height of just over 16 metres.Restoration was completed in 1991.

The gateway was originally connected to a brick wall, running off to the left and right, by way of a form resembling wings. This ornamental device, known as paduraksa, can be seen on other ancient Javanese gateways, notably at Plumbangan, near Wlingi; at Jedong, on the northern slope of Mt Penanggungan (p.126), as well as at Belahan temple (p.23). The winged gateway found its fullest expression, however, in the 15th century tomb of Sendang Duwur (p.150).




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