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Indonesia – An Independence Celebration in The Cottage of Vienna

Aug 15, 2017

Kami bangsa Indonesia dengan ini menjatakan kemerdekaan Indonesia.
Wir, die indonesische Nation, erklären hiermit die Unabhängigkeit Indonesiens.

Djakarta, 17-8-45

Sukarno, accompanied by Mohammad Hatta, declaring the independence of Indonesia at 10:00 am on Friday, 17 August 1945, at Pegangsaan Timur 56 (now Jalan Proklamasi), Jakarta. Sukarno is the founding father and first President of Indonesia.

By Frans Mendur (also Frans Mendoer) (1913 – 1971) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Vienna, 15 August 2017

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vienna is decorated in Red and White to prepare for its Independence Day on 17 August.

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A dwarapala or guardian figure on the steps of the entrance to the main door of the embassy. According to Wikipedia, Indonesian “dvarapalas” usually “portray fearsome giants with a rather bulky physique in semi kneeling position and holding a club”.

Well, there is a stone object in front of us that meets all the criteria of such an deterring figure by definition.

 

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The piece of land where the Indonesian Embassy stands today, has a long history to look back upon. In 1683 it was part of the entrenchment carried out by Kara Mustafa, during the second Turkish siege of Vienna. After Vienna was freed, the former vineyards in the outskirts were quickly turned into building land. The area around the Indonesian embassy was acquired in 1879 by architect Ferdinand Oberwimmer for the expansion of the Cottage Quarter, a suburbia for the Viennese bourgeoisie built in the British Cottage style.  

In 1893 the land was purchased by Josef Offer, who had commissioned architect Ludwig Richter to build his residential house. The neighbouring land was bought as well.

In 1920 Ms. Fanny Knoll bought the whole property to hand it over to Ms. Frances Wulle in 1927, who added a garage and a winter garden. 1935 it was bought by Dr. Ludwig Schön. In 1941 it was confiscated by the Gestapo and six years later returned to Dr. Schön.

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From 1974 to 1981 it was the residence of the popular singer and actor Peter Alexander and his family.

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In 1981 the whole lot of 3.193 square meters was purchased by the Embassy of Indonesia, and this brings us back to the present. The pillars on the garden gate, which are usually adorned with decorative vases are occupied here by figures of a far, far away world. Lit up by the first summer morning sun, they add to my curiosity to explore the house and its history.

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17 August 2017   HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA!

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Resources: Webpage of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vienna, Wikipedia, Wien Geschichte Wiki; http://www.stars-on-7-inch.com/Listen/D/Polydor/0024.751.htm

 

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