Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Jam Gadang Bukittinggi

Jam Gadang, Bukittinggi
Jam Gadang, Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. Indonesia

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Clock Tower is the designation for a tower clock located in the heart of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra Province. Clock Tower is the name given to the Minangkabau society's clock tower building, because it has a clock tower was a "large sieve", or "at large" (at large sieve = large clock; "large sieve" means big in Minangkabau language).

Such a phenomenal building clock tower called the Clock Tower at the time of its construction, so that since the establishment of the Clock Tower has become the center of everyone's attention. It also resulted in the Clock Tower used as a marker or landmark of Bukittinggi and also as one of the icons of West Sumatra province. Clock Tower was built in 1926 by architect Yazid Sutan Gigi Ameh. 

Jam Gadang, Bukittinggi

This clock was a gift from the Dutch Queen to Rook Maker, Controleur (City Secretary) Bukittinggi in the former Dutch East Indies Government. Laying the first stone at this do Rook Maker's first son who was then aged 6 years.Ground-plan (building footprint following the steps overlooking the Upper Market) from the Clock Tower is 13x4 meters while the height 26 meters.Clock Tower is engaged in mechanical and consists of four hours / four clock faces facing the four compass directions with each clock face diameter of 80 cm. 

This clock tower has undergone several changes in shape to the peak. At first peak is round the clock tower and on it stands a statue of a rooster. When you sign colonized Indonesia, the Japanese occupation government changed it into the top of pagoda-shaped. At the time of independence, the shape changed again into ornaments traditional Minangkabau house.Construction of the Clock Tower is said to spend a total cost of construction of about 3,000 Gulden, cost quite fantastic for the size of the time. But it paid off with the famous Clock Tower is a landmark that once a symbol or icon of Bukittinggi.  

Jam Gadang, Bukittinggi

Clock Tower is also set as the zero point of Bukittinggi. Last renovation was in 2010 by Indonesian Heritage Preservation Board (ARDI) with the support of the Government of Bukittinggi and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, and was inaugurated exactly on the anniversary of the city of Bukittinggi is to 262 on December 22, 2010. There is a uniqueness of Roman numerals on the face of this Clock Tower. When writing Roman numerals usually include the symbol "IV" to symbolize the four roman numbers, then the Clock Tower are labeled with the number four roman under the symbol "IIII" (usually IV).