Culture of Jakarta. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Jakarta will definitely please fans of interesting excursions by a huge selection of historical and architectural attractions. In this city you will find several attractive museums, such as Jakarta History Museum. The collection of this museum is very diverse. Here visitors will find old guns, costumes, household items and collections of old paintings. The territory of the museum is the location of another important landmark - a system of caves. Several centuries ago these caves were used as a prison for hundreds of people. According to an old tradition all visitors of the museum must leave a sacrifice - wine and bread – in the old well.
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Travelers who want to admire beautiful old buildings are recommended to attend Candra Naya Mansion. It was built yet during the time of the colonial period. For a long time the building remained abandoned, so today it is practically in ruins. Jakarta is famous for its beautiful religious sites. Visitors of this wonderful city should definitely not forget to visit Masjid Istiqlal Mosque. This is the largest building of its kind in Southeast Asia. Due to unusual architectural planning the building of the mosque is distinguished by truly unique characteristics. The floor and walls of the mosque are made of marble, and each spacious hall of the mosque is equipped with huge windows. Due to unique design it is always pleasantly cool in the mosque, even during a very hot day.
Museum Taman Prasasti is a peculiar excursion destination. The museum’s collection consists of gravestones and old funeral carts. This open-air museum was founded on the site of an old Danish cemetery. The cemetery was founded in the 18th century and was used to bury nobles and rich people. Soon there was no more free space on the cemetery and everybody forgot about it. Only in the 19th century it was decided to make a museum from the old cemetery. The museum was opened after all the graves were moved to another location. Copyright
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Gereja Katedral is always mentioned among the most beautiful architectural buildings in Jakarta. The beautiful church with tall towers was built a little earlier than a hundred years ago. Wood was the primary material during the construction of the church and this fact makes the cathedral even more unusual. Even today visitors still can see beautiful doors and statues made of yew. The cathedral has survived until today in its original form.
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Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta

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» The Arabic name of the mosque is “independence”. It gained its name in commemoration of freedom from Dutch domination.
» Masjid Istiqlal was built at the site of the former fortification in the middle of the 19th century. In 1955, the contest on design projects was won by a Christian architect.
» The construction lasted 17 years. The new building was officially built in 1978. It accommodates up to 120 thousand people.
» The main building has a semicircular dome with a diameter of 45 m. It is crowned with a spire in the shape of the crescent with a star. 12 columns uphold the vault.
» In the Prayer Hall, there are three-tier balconies upheld by the columns. The mosque is two rectangular constructions of different size.
» It’s spacious inside and there are no unnecessary things. The columns end with aluminum plates.
» There is an arch niche upheld by the columns in the central wall. The imam usually sits in it when he prays. Sermons are preached from the tribune.
» On steel construction, the names of Allah and Muhammad are written in Arabic. The total area of the entire space is 10 hectares. The minaret is almost 100 meters high. The facade of the building is made of marble and stainless steel.

National Monument, Jakarta

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» 132-meter tower in Jakarta is named the National Monument. The construction began in 1961 and included 2 stages. Its framework consists of 284 piles. The obelisk was finished in 1975.
» The construction consists of big stone blocks. It ends with the observation platform that has a panoramic view of the city. It is necessary to cross 115 m by lift from the ground to the observation platform. The total area of the platform is 45 m2.
» Its top is crowned with the installation in the shape of the flame covered with gold. It weighs 33 kg. The torch is made of bronze. There are lift motors hidden inside the item. The monument represents the country’s struggle for independence.
» There is a museum in the underground part of the construction. 50 paintings in the shape of the semicircular tape depict historic events taking place in the country. There is a comfortable park around the stele.
» There is a pool cooling the air-conditioning system near the tower. The locals call the National Monument “Monas” as a reminder of the masculine and feminine.
» There are many halls in it. Relief patterns of historic events are carved on the walls. The original document of the country’s independence and state symbols are kept here. The facade is tiled with Italian marble.

Cathedral Jakarta, Jakarta

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» There is a two-storied cathedral church at the site of the old chapel (1825). It was blessed in 1901. The building was reconstructed twice. It was last restored in 2002.
» The temple resembles a cross with its exterior. It consists of red brick and wooden constructions. The walls are faced with plaster with patterns.
» There is a central entrance on the west side. The main portal is decorated with the statue of the Virgin Mary (it causes the official name of the cathedral; the locals name it Gareja).
» There is a colorful window in the shape of the rose (Rosa Mystica) above the sculpture. This type of glass with a unique design represents the Mother of God. There are lines in Latin above it.
» The construction is crowned with 3 carved spires. Two high 60-meter spires are installed at the side of it. The 45-meter edge decorates the eastern part of the building.
» There is a tower from the southern side where the old clock is located. At the second level, there is a museum dedicated to the history of the Catholic Church.
» Religious rites are accompanied with organ music and church choirs. The organ was delivered from Belgium in 1988. The hall has such miraculous acoustics due to the high ceiling and its arches.

Museum Bank Indonesia, Jakarta

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» In the historic building, there is one of the modern museums, Museum Bank Indonesia. Its total area is 10 thousand m2. It was officially opened by the President in July 2009.
» In the building, you can see collectible coins and paper money, as well as the money of ancient Indonesian countries. They represent the history of the local currency and the situation in the banking sector of the country.
» There are over 60 thousand exhibits. 5 000 items were found during archaeological expeditions in Indonesia.
» The Museum also houses the data on the banking system of the country from the time of the arrival of European colonists to the current system enacted in 1953.
» You can touch interesting interactive exhibits here. Clients can also watch the film of a particular genre. Collections are divided up according to themes: stone sculptures and the treasure room.
» There are two dolls of soldiers at the entrance. You can see the dummies of bank officers in every showroom.
» In one of the rooms, you can see books that weigh 20 and 28 kg. Financial transactions were inked in these books.

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta

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» In 1962, the Asian Games were held here. The multi-sport stadium was built in Jakarta in conjunction with this event. The USSR provided huge support to that. It was finished in 1960.
» It accommodates over 100 thousand visitors. It was reconstructed several times. After the last reconstruction, the number of seats declined (99 thousand seats).
» In 2007, the Asian Football Championship was held here. 8 matches of the tournament, including the final match of the championship, were held here.
» Today, it is one of the busiest stadiums. It is the 21st stadium among the largest sports grounds.
» The arena was named Bung Karno after the first elected Head of Indonesia. Festive events, concerts, and other entertainment events are held at the Bung Karno Stadium.
» The territory of the Karno Stadium is surrounded by green plantings. People can easily jog here during the evening hours because the surroundings are illuminated.
»  For safety reasons, it is impossible to get to the stadium when competitions are not held. Significant sports events are held at the stadium.
» It has a big dome to protect it from the bad weather and heat.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Jakarta

Jakarta History Museum
Where: Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta; Telephone: +62 (0) 21 692 9101;
Museum Bahari
Where: 1 Jalan Pasar Ikan, Jakarta; Telephone: +62 (0) 21 669 3406;
Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM)
Where: 73 Jalan Cikini Raya, Jakarta; Telephone: +62 (0) 21 315 4067;
Masjid Istiqlal (National Mosque)
Where: 1 Jalan Veteran, Jakarta;
Fine Arts Museum
Where: 2 Jalan Pos Kota, Jakarta; Telephone: +62 (0) 21 692 6090;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Jakarta
♥   Palace 'Istana Kantor' , 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Puri Agung Negara' , 10.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Serdang' , 34.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Jakarta and around
♥   Art museum 'National Gallery of Indonesia' Jakarta, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Indonesia' Jakarta, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Fine Art and Ceramic Museum' Jakarta, 4.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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