The former majesty of the palace has long been extinguished, quelled by the numerous buildings. The pond that used to stretch from the palace’s pools to the palace itself has long vanish, until the very last drop, and in its place an endless field fo red tiles appeared.
Few meters from the Sultan’s pools, a mosque is hidden underground, away from the prying eyes of the tourists. Maze of white walls and dusty, sandy road leads to the entrance of the holy place. The entrance welcomes with a cool, fresh air and it leads all the way to a circular tunnel with sandy coloured walls. The core of the tunnel doesn’t have a roof and the sun light that comes through it, coloures the beautiful starcases built at several levels. The wooden bars on the second level of the mosque welcomes the visitors into the backyards of the locals.
Near Yogyakarta lies Gunung Merapi (from Indonesian Gunnung-mountain) Mount Merapi, the mountain of fire. One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia burned hundreds of people and left thousands homeless. Converted into a National Park in 2004, Merapi tells the sad story of the past, buried under piles of gray ash.
The last eruption of of mount Merapi was in October 2010,but the damage it left still can be seen nowadays. The scattered, burned belongings, the cool air and the tranquility stand as a monuments in time. Near by tourists can see rivers will extinct lava.
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