Selasa, 08 Maret 2011

The Maimun Palace in Medan

Some say, hasn't been to Medan if not, enjoy the charm of the Maimun Palace . Icons of Medan which implies the rest of the Malay Sultanate of Deli splendor was fascinated with the various types of architecture but still thick Malay nuanced. Brig is located at Jalan Katamso, Maimun Palace can be reached just 30 minutes from the Polonia Airport and an hour from the Port of Belawan, Medan, North Sumatra. 

The Maimun Palace

From a distance, we will feel the strong appeal of the buildings on the land area of 2700 square meters was established since 1888. Yellow color were scattered in 100 years the palace was once the administrative center of the Deli Sultanate. Understandably, the yellow color is typical Malay. 

Maimun Palace Building was unique with a blend of Moghul architecture, the Middle East, Spain, India, Netherlands, and Malay. Dutch influence appears in the form of doors and windows are wide and high. Islamic influence seen on the roof of the arch we often see on buildings in the Middle East, India and Turkey. In a way, this blend of East and West without losing Malay traits that appear on the palace walls made of wood. 

The Maimun Palace

Maimun palace consists of three main spaces. Namely, the main building, right wing and left wing. The main building area of 412 square meters it is often called the hall. That's where the royal throne is located. The throne is still used in certain occasions, especially during the coronation of the king or the royal family worship in the days of Islam. What is unique here is the traditional meeting room. The room that we still use today for a meeting with the Sultan of Deli. Malay people call it Lift Worship to the Sultan. 

Furniture palace radiates European influence. It looks at the chandeliers were imported from France as well as chairs, tables, and cabinets imported from Holland. In addition to furniture, some building materials were imported from Europe. For example, marble tiles. Many say, European style is closely related to the palace architect, Captain TH Van ERP, the Dutch nationality. Inside the palace, there are 25 rooms with unique interior design that shows a mix of art from various countries. Marble used in court is different in each room. 

European style that contrasts with the typical style buildings Karo outdoors. According Moharshyah, it relates to the origin of the Sultan of Deli I who married the daughter of the Kingdom Sunggal. Sultan considered Kalimbubu. Each activity must involve the community Karo sultanate. 

Only 200 meters from the Palace Maimun, we will find the Masjid Raya Al Mahsum, no less majestic in Jalan SM Raja Medan. The masjid on the land area of five hectares of the Sultanate of Deli started to be built on the leadership of Sultan Mamun Al Rashid Perkasa Alam IX on August 21, 1906. 

The Grand Masjid Al - Mahsum

The mosque which construction spend 500 thousand guilders was opened to the public starting September 10, 1909. Now, in the age of more than a century, the building was still seem exotic. Grandeur of the masjid is part and parcel of the history of the greatness of the Deli Sultanate. 

The distance is only 200 meters from the Palace Maimun indicate that. To get closer to local people, the Sultanate of Deli Socializing with each Ramadhan Iftar event at Masjid Raya Al Mahsum by presenting the typical spicy Malay porridge. Apparently, there is increasing demand from time to time. Sultanate of Deli cooks up spicy difficult to meet the needs of traps to break the fast together. 

Finally, after maintaining pulp spicy dish up to 50 years, the Sultanate of Deli leave it to cook to the Nazarite masjid. The problem, is not easy to cook porridge hot. In addition to requiring a variety of spices, cooking quite a long process. The approval of the Deli Sultanate, the board decided to replace the masjid with a spicy porridge porridge soup which is also typical Melayu Deli. The reason is not as complicated as making hot porridge. Also, although more simple marinade ingredients, it's no less delicious. "Serving soup porridge was still continues today. 

Unfortunately, that magnificent building started to seem less maintenance. Some appear broken glass. Some parts of the roof is leaking when the rain is torrential. An increasingly large number of pilgrims is also not balanced with ablution water points is greater.

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