Things to see and do - Cirebon
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Cirebon Travel guide
Cirebon : Michelin's recommendations
Looking at the peaceful port today it is hard to believe that Cirebon was once one of the island's most active ports for trade and cultural exchange, where Javanese, Chinese, Islamic and European influences mingled, in a happy reflection of the vivid intertwined patterns of the local batiks. A sultanate in the 16C, the city has four Sultan's palaces (kraton) which testify to past splendours, as well as one of the oldest Chinese temples on the archipelago (17C) and a mosque dating from 1500. The port specialises in shrimp fishing.
Tourist attractions Cirebon : Things to see and do
Pl. Alun-alun Nord (derrière le marché Kesepuhan)
Indo-Javanese architecture in all its splendour (15C and 17C) with, inside, a mixture of styles characteristic of the cultural melting pot that Cirebon once was. Above the entrance to this sultan's palace (actually more of a mansion), is a sculpted m..
Pl. Alun-alun Nord
An interesting jumble of Javanese gamelans (14C), Egyptian chests inlaid with mother-of-pearl, Javanese weaponry and 16C Portuguese chain mail. On display in an adjoining room is the Kereta Singa Barong (1549), an incredible red and gold royal carria..