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Kartosuro (also spelled Kartasura) is an Indonesian subdistrict (Kecamatan) in the Sukoharjo Regency, Central Java. Kartosuro is a Surakarta's satellite city, and a junction of Surabaya-Solo-Yogyakarta and Solo-Semarang highway. It can be reached within minutes southward of Surakarta's International Airport of Adi Sumarmo.

Capital of Mataram 1680-1755[edit]

In the seventeenth century Kartosuro was the capital of the Sultanate of Mataram between 1680–1755. It is commonly referred to as the Kartasura era or period of the Mataram sultanate – it preceded the transfer to Surakarta by Pakubuwana II.

There were considerable problems for the sultanate in this era –


Remaining wall from the Kartasura palace

There are 2 palace sites, keraton of Kartosuro in the kelurahan of Kartosuro and keraton of Pajang's ruin in the kelurahan of Makamhaji.

Further reading[edit]

  • Miksic, John (general ed.), et al. (2006) Karaton Surakarta. A look into the court of Surakarta Hadiningrat, central Java (First published: 'By the will of His Serene Highness Paku Buwono XII'. Surakarta: Yayasan Pawiyatan Kabudayan Karaton Surakarta, 2004) Marshall Cavendish Editions Singapore ISBN 981-261-226-2
  • Pemberton, John, (1994) On the subject of "Java" Ithaca : Cornell University Press.ISBN 0-8014-2672-3
  • Ricklefs, M.C. (1978) Modern Javanese historical tradition: A study of an original Kartasura chronicle and related materials. London : School of Oriental and African Studies.
  • Ricklefs, M.C. (1993) War, culture and economy in Java, 1677–1726: Asian and European imperialism in the early Kartasura period. Sydney : Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with Allen and Unwin.

Coordinates: 7°34′27″S 110°47′8″E / 7.57417°S 110.78556°E / -7.57417; 110.78556