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Kraton or Keraton (Javanese: ꦏꦿꦠꦺꦴꦤ꧀ or ꦏꦼꦫꦠꦺꦴꦤ꧀) is a type of royal palace in Indonesia. Its name is derived from the Javanese ka-ratu-an, meaning residence of the ratu, the traditional honorific title for a king or queen. In Java, the palace of a prince is called pura or dalem, while the general word for palace is istana, identical to Malay.
Kraton that function as the residence of a royal family include:
- Yogyakarta (Jogja) region
- Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (Palace of Sultan Hamengkubuwono).
- Pura Pakualaman (Palace of Adipati Pakualam).
- Surakarta (Solo) region
- Kraton Surakarta Hadiningrat (Palace of Susuhunan Pakubuwono).
- Pura Mangkunegaran (Palace of Adipati Mangkunegara).
- Cirebon area
- Kraton Kasepuhan (Palace of Sultan Sepuh).
- Kraton Kanoman (Palace of Sultan Anom).
- Kraton Kacirebonan (Palace of Sultan Cirebon).
- Kraton Kaprabonan (id) (Palace of Sultan Prabon).
The locations of former kraton have been determined by historical records or archaeological efforts. Former kraton include:
- Kraton Ratu Boko, east of Yogyakarta in the Prambanan area. The structure dates from 9th century and is thought to belong to the Sailendra or Mataram Kingdom, however local inhabitants named this site after King Boko, the legendary king in Loro Jongrang folklore.
- Kraton of Majapahit in Trowulan, Mojokerto, the capital of the former Majapahit. Sites such as Pendopo Agung Majapahit are thought to be remnants of the Kraton of Majapahit.
- Kraton Surosowan, Banten, former royal palace of Sultanate of Banten.
- Kraton Kaibon, the former palace of queen mother.
In Surakarta and Yogyakarta region, there is the remnants of Sultanate of Mataram palaces:
- Kota Gede remains of a palace from the 16th century.
- Karta and Plered, there are remains of palaces from the 17th century.
- Kraton Kartasura on the outskirt of Surakarta, remains of palace and city wall, also dated from 17th century.
The term kraton 'palace' is also used as a way to refer to the court which it houses.
This is especially the case for native Indonesian states where the succession is disputed, giving issue to two or more branches of the dynasty, or even rivaling dynasties, each setting up an alternative court, while competing for the same state, but generally only controlling part of it.
- Kraton Kasepuhan, using as the ruler's style Sultan
- Kraton Kanoman, style Sultan
- Kraton Kacirebonan, style Sultan
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