The days of hedonistic pleasure rooms, fountains and water gardens may be long gone, but there is still a Sultan, and his lady wife residing in the Kraton, a fortified city within the heart of Yogyakarta. There is no mistaking the thick white walls which mark the boundary of this huge palace built around 1755.
Mosques, schools and shops make up the outer part of the compound but in the heart lies the Sultans exquisite palace, pavilions, and museum rooms full of treasures gifted through the ages to the Sultanate from the Royal courts of Europe.
During the 1920’s many European touches were added such as Italian tiles and marble floors, stained glass and beautiful mirrors. This architectural mix of Europe artifacts and the best of Indonesian craftsmanship make it a very special place indeed.