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  • 2. New fossil museum 2012
    2. New fossil museum 2012
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    3. New fossil displays 2012
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    Fossils at Patiayam

    by theo1006 Updated Dec 29, 2012
    1. Jaws of the Stegodon Trigonocephalus
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    The Patiayam site is a recent addition to the fossil discovery sites in Java. Older and better known sites are at Sangiran and at Trinil. Serious excavation at Patiayam hill has begun only in 2006, but already over 3000 kg of fossils have been excavated, among them remains of primitive man, Pithecanthropus Erectus. But actually most fossils are of animals and discovered by farmers working their fields. If you are interested and have time (which we had not), you could spend a day roaming the hills in the hope of finding something yourself.

    The most important finds have been transferred to Ronggowarsito Museum in Semarang, or even to Jakarta. When visiting in June 2009 we found that a simple museum has been established in a house of Kancilan hamlet. The curator, a self-instructed villager by name of Mustofa, welcomed us. He recieves daily a handful of interested visitors.
    Bones of thirteen different species have been identified, the most important belonging to a mammoth, Stegodon Trigonocephalus (picture 1).
    Mr Mustofa guided us to a hillside only 400 m from the museum, where a display has been made of actual fossils on the spot where they were uncovered (picture 5). And a few metres from it he pointed out an edge of a tusk still embedded in the side of the hill (picture 4). According to his explanation, the soil consists of tuff formed form volcanic ash. Thus it seems reasonable that fossils are of victims of an eruption of Muria mountain, which nowadays is a dead volcano.

    UPDATE: We visited again in December 2012. Sadly Mr Mustofa had died of illness. But there were good developments; several villagers have been appointed to carry on his job. The small museum has been moved to the compound of the village office (picture 2) and features glass displays (picture 3). New lamp posts decorated the roadside and the road itself will soon be upgraded.

    Address: Kancilan hamlet, Terban village, Jekulo district.
    Directions: From Kudus follow the main road direction Pati past Jekulo. From the district (kecamatan) office of Jekulo count 1.5 km. There take a sideroad north, where new sign points to the Patiayam site. You reach the new Rumah fosil after exactly 1 km; for the hillside with the excavation display one can drive another km and then has to walk 400 m.

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    MENARA KUDUS

    by meiyergani Updated Aug 4, 2012
    Menara Kudus

    Menara Kudus or Kudus Minaret is an old building which constructed in 16th century by red bricks, it architecture was a mixing culture between Hindu-Java and Islam in line with the transition time from Majapahit Hindu's culture to the beginning of Demak Sultanate Islamic's culture.
    Menara Kudus was established by Sunan Kudus as a symbol of harmony between Islam and Hindu during which time when the Sunan spreading Islam, almost all of Java peoples were Hindu's

    Menara Kudus adalah bangunan tua yang terbuat dari batu bata merah berbentuk Menara yang merupakan hasil akulturasi kebudayaan Hindu-Jawa dan Islam. Menara Kudus bukanlah bangunan bekas Candi Hindu melainkan menara yang dibangun pada zaman kewalian / masa transisi dari akhir Kerajaan Majapahit beralih ke zaman Kerajaan Islam Demak.

    Menara Kudus menjadi simbol “Islam Toleran” yang berarti Sunan Kudus menyebarluaskan agama Islam di Kudus dengan tetap menghormati pemeluk agama Hindu-Jawa yang dianut masyarakat setempat.

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    HINDU AND ISLAM ARCHITECT

    by meiyergani Updated Aug 1, 2012
    Menara Kudus

    The main building, Menara Kudus or minaret, are ancient red brick structures, whose design, clearly derive from the Majapahit period, making this mosque unique in Java. The most remarkable of these is the tall minaret, whose base is in the shape of a candi or funerary monument.
    Set atop it in an open pavilion is a bedug (large drum) that is used to call the faithful to prayer, instead of a muezzin. The minaret and other objects throughout the mosque suggest that the Menara Mosque has incorporated a pre-existing Hindu-Javanese structure.

    Bangunan Masjid dan Menara Kudus disesuaikan dengan seni bangun atau arsitektur Hindu. Ini akan memberikan kesan bahwa agama yang dibawa oleh Sunan Kudus sama dengan agama Hindu. Jadi masyarakat tidak terkejut atau menolak.

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    MURIA

    by meiyergani Written Dec 15, 2010
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    Muria, berasal dari nama bukit yang bernama Marwah yang diberikan oleh Amir Haj ( R. Umar Said ) untuk menyebut daerah yang didiami sebagai tempat da’wahnya yaitu di daerah Kudus sebelah utara. Oleh masyarakat setempat Marwah diucapkan dengan Muria sampai sekarang. Nama Muria dipakai sebagai nama salah satu gunung yang semula bernama gunung Gundul atau Gundil. Sebelum Sunan Muria datang di daerah tersebut, nama daerah itu adalah Muriapada. Adapula yang berpendapat bahwa nama Muria berasal dari kata “ Mulia” sebab daerah tersebut didiami oleh seorang alim, seorang wali yang mulia.

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    The Origin of KUDUS=QUDSI

    by meiyergani Updated Dec 15, 2010
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    Ja’far Shoddiq mendirikan Masjid di daerah Kudus pada tahun 1956 H atau 1548 M. Semula diberi nama Al Manar atau Masjid Al Aqsho, meniru nama Masjid di Yerussalem yang bernama Masjidil Aqsho. Kota Yerussalem juga disebut Baitul Maqdis atau Al-Quds. Dari kata Al-Quds tersebut kemudian lahir kata Kudus, yang kemudian digunakan untuk nama kota Kudus sekarang.

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    Rejenu mineral water source

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    On of three water holes at Sendag Tiga Rasa
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    A visit to Muria mountain at Colo is worth while not only for the Sunan Muria pilgrimage. Nature lovers may want to explore the mountain side.

    About 3 km uphill from the Colo parking there is a mineral water source, Sendang Tiga Rasa, or "Triple flavoured source". There are three small water holes close together, where people come to taste a mouthful or fill a bottle. Ideally one fills three plastic bottles, and if you forgot to bring bottles, you can buy them at stalls along the path uphill for Rp 1000 per three.

    Perhaps we lacked the discerning taste to discriminate between the three, so all tasted to us more or less like Perrier mineral water. For those who have a more refined taste:
    - the first source should taste slightly sour and is supposed to have healing power for various diseases.
    - the second source should taste like soda water and supposedly enhances your confidence facing the vicissitudes of life.
    - the third source should taste more or less like the local alcoholic beverage "tuak" and helps you gain your living when working hard for it.

    And there is another grave of a holy man just above the water holes. Syeh Sadzali was a pupil of Sunan Muria. The teacher and his pupils came to bath here.

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    Monthel waterfall

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Monthel waterfall near Colo
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    A visit to Muria mountain at Colo is worth while not only for the Sunan Muria pilgrimage. Nature lovers may want to explore the mountain side.

    One attraction is Monthel waterfall in Rejenu river, however we must say we have seen better on Java. The water is not clean, and the place rather spoiled with too much visitors. But the fall is close by from Sunan Muria's grave and one can pass by the waterfall on the way to Rejenu mineral water source. On the paved footpath to the fall villagers try to sell some refreshments.

    There is another, probably cleaner waterfall higher up in Rejenu river: Air Terju Ginggomino. We had no occasion yet to visit it.

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    The Grave of Sunan Muria

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 4, 2009
    Entrance gate to the uphill path
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    Sunan Muria is one of the Walisongo, the nine teachers or wise men who propagated Islam in Central Java and in doing so transformed traditional Hindu and Buddhist society. This is according to generally accepted beliefs, however there is no consensus about the identity of the Walisongo. It is not certain whether there were indeed nine, whether they all lived in the same era (15th century), whether they were members of a council, whether they were of Arab, Javanese or Chinese descent. During the reign of president Suharto it was forbidden to promote the theory that they were Chinese, nowadays that idea is popular again among Chinese Indonesians. However, a definite proof is missing.

    This uncertainty does not prevent Muslims in large numbers to visit the sites that are believed to be the graves of these Walisongo.
    The grave of Sunan Muria, whose real name is said to have been Raden Umar Said, lies on one of the peaks of Muria mountain, where it is also believed he lived his active years. A pilgrimage to his grave takes one up a steep path of about 1 km lined with souvenir stalls from beginning to end. The stalls permit only an occasional glimpse of the views at this height. For those who feel not fit to climb the path, alternative transport is available on the form of ojek (motor bikes) who take an alternative route. The price for the ojek ride is fixed by a village cooperative.

    As we came during holiday season, the road to Colo, the parking lot, the steep path, the site on the mountain top were all crowded. Yet the building in which the grave is located is well arranged with fences to lead a crowd through it. Of course one has to take off ones shoes, and if you come in shorts you have to borrow a sarung for covering your legs, leaving your identity card as security. No picture taking inside the actual burial room. The tomb is hidden behind muslin curtains, in front of which believers sit praying or mediating.

    If you came up the steep path and want to enjoy the mountain scenery, do not return the way you came, but take the indicated path to Monthel waterfall (which is also the path the motorbikes take).

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    The Tower of Kudus

    by theo1006 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The main landmark of Kudus, Menara Kudus, is a minaret belonging to the mosque Al Aqsa in the kauman or muslim quarter. It is famous because it was built in 1549 in the style of Javanese Hindu temples built of brick. More recent minarets invariably try to copy the style of minarets in the Middle East.

    Being a minaret, the purpose of the tower is to host the big drum used for calling the believers to prayer. The drum is located on top behind the clock.

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    The Kretek Museum

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 2, 2009

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    Museum Kretek Kudus
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    The fabrication of clove cigarettes, rokok kretek in Indonesian, has been a major economic asset of Kudus for a century.
    It all began with the invention of Haji Djamari, who found that not only rubbing his chest with clove oil relieved his chest pain, but also mixing clove powder in his cigarettes.
    But it was one Nitisemito who made his fortune producing clove cigarettes. Starting in 1906 together with his wife and daughters rolling the cigarettes by hand, in the thirties he produced 2 million cigarettes a day with a workforce of 6000, and he was awarded a nobleman's title. Originally the tobacco and clove powder was rolled in dried maize leaf, the so-called rokok klobot. Later paper wrappers were used. By 1938 his fortunes reversed due to "war taxes" and his famous brand BAL TIGA does not exist any more. In its stead there are several other kretek factories in Kudus, among them Djarum, Sukun, Djamboe Bol and Nojorono.

    Opening hours of the museum: 8 am - 2 pm, admission free.

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    Museum Kretek

    by Goldenboy Written Feb 23, 2004
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    This Museum is more as image of Kudus as Kretek City. Once upon a time, there is Niti Semito pioneered the Kretek cigarettes in Kudus in 1937, with his company "Bal Tiga".
    It is so impressing, he was one of the richest man in the country. He was promoting his kretek with big effort. In 1920 he hired planes to spread his leaflets! Can you imagine that?

    Showing in the museum are the relief of cigarette production traditionally, planting process, main material processing, traditional production, instrument and collection of promotion means since Niti Semito's period. The different types of cigarette wrappers, diorama display of people working from drying of Tobacco leaves to hand making cigarette.

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    Sunan's Grave yard

    by Goldenboy Written Feb 23, 2004

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    In the courtyard, behind the mosque, the tomb of Sunan Kudus imposed as a shrine. He is one of the wali, a group of 9 moslem teacher who spread the Islam thru Java, and believed as a founder of the city. His real name is Ja'far Shidiq.

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    The tower of the city

    by Goldenboy Updated Feb 23, 2004

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    Apart from the mosque, the tower is so popular as Menara Kudus. It is become a landmark of the city. One evidence, a monumental writing mentioning, this mosque was built on 956 H in moslem calendar, or about the year 1549. But other proof in javanese letter telling, it was built on 1609, or internationally on the year 1687.

    Here stay in the tower, the main bedhug (big percussion), and a smaller one.

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    Bedhug Kudus

    by Goldenboy Updated Feb 23, 2004

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    Be sure to get up and take a look on this bedhug (big leather percussion). And see how the man do the praying calls by this bedhug (kind of big percussion). Normally ya can get up when ya come on the time of praying.

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    The Mosque Gate

    by Goldenboy Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Visiting Kudus means you have to visit the landmark mosque. What make it special is that they keep the old part of the mosque, the front gate and inside gate as it is. It is a wooden carving doors together with redbrick wall. It is combining the design of Javanese Hindu and Islam.

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