Tanjung Mas lighthouse
The lighthouse of Tanjung Mas harbour has guided ships for more than a century and is still operative. It was manufactured in 1883 by the Royal Dutch Blacksmith Factory in Leiden, which is to say that the whole tower is made of iron. It was assembled on the spot in 1884 by order of King William III of the Netherlands as a “revolving light of the fourth size” (as a plaque on the tower states).
We would have liked to climb to the top, but that is off-limits for visitors. Anyhow the tower is not manned during daytime.
An interesting detail is that the tower now stands in a well of more than a metre deep. That was not so when it was newly built. Either the sea level has risen or the land sunk, which necessitated to fill up the area. That is noticeable all along the road to the tower; we spotted new buildings on raised land and deserted buildings standing in flooded yards.
Directions: From Pemuda street head north across Berok bridge, then follow Empu Tantula street. Do not turn right but head straight north crossing the railway. At the end of the road pass under the ringroad and turn left (west). Immediately past the Kali Baru bridge turn right (north) and proceed until you spot the lighthouse at the end of the road. Notice the wooden ships in the canal on the opposite side of the road.
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Birdlife in the city
A colony of herons (in Indonesian called bangau) has chosen a few tamarind trees (pohon asam) along Jalan Setiabudi for their home. Every once in a while one of them takes off and flies slowly above the traffic below.
These birds find their food in wetlands and paddy fields. But evidently they feel safe spending their resting time in the city.
Directions: Jalan Setiabudi is the main throughfare south out of town. The trees with the birds are in Banyumanik district, about 300 m north of the Y junction with the Toll Road.
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