Istana Maimun, Medan — North Sumatera
Istana Maimun, is one of the landmark that belongs to the city of Medan. This is the palace where Sultan (king) from Deli Kingdom supposed to live-in.
Built in 1888, by Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah, designed by Italian architect. The palace (istana) has about 30 rooms which covers 2,772 meter-square.
The uniqueness of this palace is in its architecture, which is the mix of elements from Malayan cultural heritage, Islam, Spanish, Indian, and Italian style. Some local people also called-it Istana Putri Hijau (The Palace of Green Lady 🙂 ). Start, from the entrance, you can see that it is colored majorly in yellow and green color, which is the characteristic of Malayan.
Inside the palace, the room called balairung is the place where the Sultan meets his guests. Until now, according to the palace-keeper, this place is still used by Sultan, especially during Eid ul-Fitr (Hari Raya Idul Fitri), to meet local people who want to visit sultan’s family.
Some of the things that catch my eyes, are the furnitures inside the palace. They are still well-preserved.
Hope that the preservation of this palace is still running well, as its beauty is never lasted.