HomeBlogs Surosowan Palace – Fortress Surosowan Palace was built during the reign of Sultan Maulana
Hasanuddin (1525-1552). Most of buildings were totally damaged during
an attack lead by the Dutch Governor General Daendels in 1808. To the
south of the square lay the impressive Surosowan Palace, designed by a
Dutchman and later razed by his countrymen. The Surosuwan Palace was
pulled down by blasted attack of Daendels because Sultan Syaifudin
refused strongly of Daendels’ order of Grootepostweg project that begun
from Anyer to Panarukan and order to develop new port in Lada Bay.
Even, Sultan flapped Du Puy off, a vice officer of Daendels, and sent
his head to Daendels. Daendels was getting up set, and then he
demolished the Surosuwan and Kaibon Palace. Now becomes ruins, leave
the red bricks and several sites. Like water castle, the alleys and the
Once upon a time the Palace covered an area of some 30,000 square
meters with 2 meters high walls 5 meters thick and while the perimeter
walls are still relatively intact inside looks like some cowboy
builders have just tipped their bricks haphazardly round the site.
Ground works are visible and a keen eye could probably make an educated
guest mate as to how the Palace looked in it’s former glory. The main
entrance would have been on the northern side and in the European style
there was a bastion on each corner protecting the flanks. Moats once
encircled the whole but today just 2 remain, the southern one
especially being a turgid, stagnant pond almost, creamy in color and
foul in stench. Constructed in the mid 16th Century.
In front of the palace, there is a museum that houses artifacts
discovered during the excavation at the palace. Museum closed on
Mondays. The cannon Ki Amuk was located at Karangantu but is now
installed in front of the Surosowan Museum. On the cannon Islamic
inscriptions can be found, and around the muzzle, a sun is drawn, which
reminds of the pre-Islamic kingdom of Majapahit. An old legend tells
that one who is able to put his arms around the cannon will see all his
wishes come true.