Fort Van Der Wijk


If you visit the Kebumen, not hurt you to stop for a moment into the fortress of historical attractions Van der Wijck. Its location is quite near the main road / highway Kebumen-Yogya, which is about 300 meters, is very dear if passed away. Ancient fortress with the dominance of red color is quite striking among other buildings, but remember vaguely from the main road entrance to tourist sites is quite far from the castle gate. Provided mini train that are ready to take visitors from the main gate surrounds this historic tourist attraction. You do not have to worry that being in the location of this historical tourist attraction, will only be treated to old buildings which tend to be boring and less attractive children. Some children's games facilities have been built around the castle like swan boats, windmills and a variety of game play of other children.



Not to forget also a giant dinosaur statue come built to enliven the atmosphere and more familiarize with the world of children. Even a mini railway station was built at the top of the castle just above the main gate, allowing the viewer to round the side of the castle by using the mini train.

In the castle itself, visitors can see some photos of the documentation surrounding the original form as found in the castle building and restoration stages which have been committed against them. Rooms of the former military barracks, dormitories, the gatehouse can be seen in the castle and all of them practically in a state of neat and clean.


It's just a notice board affixed to the outside the castle contains a "Before entering the castle you should pray for a moment the belief of each", could cause wrinkles in the forehead while reading it because of memorable horror. Could it ever happen the things that struck visitors beyond reason when you are inside the castle, like a trance?

Fortress Van der Wijck actually built in the early 19th century or around 1820's, spreading along the Diponegoro revolt. This rebellion was very inconvenient because Diponegoro Dutch colonial government supported some elite figures in the Southern part of Java. Thus the last Dutch stronghold tactics stelsel is controlled areas immediately built the fort.

People who initiated the founding of this fort was the governor-general Van den Bosch. The goal is clear as a defense (and attack) in the South Kedu residency. In those days, many of the fort that was built with forced labor system (forced labor) because there are rules that residents must pay taxes in the form of labor.

Of course this makes us more and more people suffer much less before the governor-general had a similar project that is Deandels highway heading (Anyer - Penarukan, along ca. 1,000 km), also with forced labor.
Judging from the shape of the building, the development is contemporary with the fort Willem (Ambarawa) and Prins of Orange (Semarang - now destroyed).

At the beginning of its establishment, the fortress with walls 10 m high, it was named Fort Cochius (Fort Cochius). His name was taken from one military officer Netherlands (Frans David Cochius) ever assigned Bagelen (one residency region Kedu).

Van der Wijck name, listed on the front of the entrance, was one of the Dutch military officer who had been a commander at the fort. Reputation van der Wijck is quite brilliant because one of his services is to silence the fighters in Aceh, of course, with a cruel manner. In the Japanese era, the fort was used as a barracks and training ground fighters PETA.



Viewed from the physical, the extent of 3606.62 m2 building has undergone renovations are pretty good. Unfortunately, this lack of attention to renovation historic building conservation principles to remember this building as one of potential cultural heritage (cultural heritage).

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