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Sightseeing in Surabaya - what to see. Complete travel guide

The second largest city of the country and a famous trading port, this place is a recreational area of the world level. Surabaya became a part of Indonesia in 1950; prior to this fact it was occupied by the Japanese and suffered greatly during the Second World War. Literally the name of the city can be translated as "brave in front of the face of danger". Indeed, Surabaya has played a huge role during the years of struggling with the colonial countries. The local residents have shown themselves as courageous and strong-willed personalities, so there’s no wonder why the city remembers its heroes. Numerous monuments and memorials have been built in honor of those people. There are many legends that describe the foundation of the city. Just ask any local resident or your tour guide, and they will gladly tell you these fascinating stories.
An abundance of colorful spices and seasonings, tender noodles and light soups, original dishes of chicken and fish cooked over an open fire are just some distinctive features of the local … Open
The main entertainments of this place are beach holiday sports and walks in beautiful surroundings. In the city are regularly organized excursions to various parts of the Java Island. This place is truly rich in attractions and scenic spots. However, there are several notable places in Surabaya that simply should not be overlooked. You should definitely visit the local zoo, which is full of exotic animals and birds. The most unusual resident of the zoo is Komodo dragon, the largest reptile, the length of which reaches approximately 4 meters. The animal weighs over 150 kg.
Mesjid Ampel Mosque is surely the main religious attraction of this place. This mosque was built in the 15th century. There is a spacious observation deck near the building. It offers magnificent views of the city. It is always worth making a tour to Kalimas Old Port, where you can see wooden models of ships, which were built six centuries ago. Besides this restaurants and shopping malls, beaches of wondrous beauty and other entertainments to fit any taste wait for their guests simply every day. Copyright
Among main distinguishing features of Surabaya many travelers admit welcoming and friendly attitude of locals. Indigenous people treat tourists friendly and with a share of curiosity. … Open
The city presents many religious and architectural sights. Amateurs of history can look at the church of Gerea Kelahiran. It was built of beautiful red brick in the 19th century. The church is distinguished by the presence of beautiful towers and arches. Ancient stained-glass windows make the atmosphere inside unique. Experienced tourists are eager to visit it in the midst of a sunny day when the hall is filled with natural light.
Among modern architectural monuments, the Suramada bridge is particularly highlighted. It connects Madura and Java islands. This beautiful modern bridge is the longest one in Indonesia. Its length is about 5.5 km. The bridge is especially admirable after sunset. It is decorated with spectacular lighting.
The second largest city in the country attracts travelers with colorful entertainment venues, upscale restaurants, shops and amazing sights. The must see site is a lovely church of Gereja … Open
Sampoerna House is a really interesting architectural object. It is a complex of several colonial buildings in Dutch style created in the 19th century. A cigarette factory once located there. All its tobacco products were exclusively handmade. It is remarkable that the tobacco factory occupies part of the historical buildings even today. The other part is redesigned to a museum. Among the exhibits are old lighters, mouthpieces, and other accessories used by lovers of tobacco over a hundred years ago. You can buy tobacco products at the most attractive prices at the adjacent factory store.
The outstanding sight of Surabaya is the Al Akbar mosque. Impressive size is one of its main features. The height of the mosque minaret is about 100 meters. The mosque is the most recognizable tourist attraction. Due to its huge blue dome 65 meters high, it is one of the most known sights in the city. The interior of this religious monument fully corresponds to its majestic appearance. Elegant marble finishing and elements of gilding make the atmosphere inside unique. Visitors are invited to use a special lift to enter the viewing platform with a wonderful view of the historic district.
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National and city parks around Surabaya
♥   National Park 'Meratus' , 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Beriat' , 5.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Nanggala III' , 10.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Tretes' , 49.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Camplong' , 55.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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