Ancient Capital of Majapahit - The village of Trowulan lies on the plains to the south west of Surabaya, not far from Mojokerto. Here is to be found one of East Java's most exciting archaeological sites; the ancient capital of Majapahit itself. During the last few years, teams of scientists have been busy excavating and, where possible, restoring the remains of this historic city. Most of the buildings, which were made from a reddish brick, have long since collapsed, but some of the larger structures have at least partially survived and are undergoing a reconstruction programme.

Some of Trowulan's more important remains include the gateway of Bajang Ratu, recently restored; the bathing place Candi Tikus; Candi Brahu, where it is said that the cremations of several of Majapahit's rulers were carried out; the tomb of the Princess from Champa; Candi Menak Jinggo, Candi Sumur Upas, as well as the split gateway Wringin Lawang, which is presently undergoing reconstruction. Trowulan also has a large museum, which not long ago was extended to include the collection of sculpture and artefacts which used to be housed in the Museum of the Archaeological Service in Mojokerto.


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