What do you think if there is a statement that one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Jakarta? The old town area has always been one of the mandatory destinations for both local and foreign tourists, especially for tourists who are interested in the town history. Let's start by exploring the Jakarta Historical Museum.
The stairs to the second floor gave an interesting impression to me. Due to the building's authenticity, it is expected not to use high heels. Furthermore, when arrived on the 2nd floor of the Jakarta Historical Museum or better known as the Fatahillah Museum, my attention was immediately drawn to the painting on the top wall with a unique frame shape. The painting is divided into 3 large sections, with the center of the painting telling the story of King Solomon who was famous as a wise king. In the painting it is depicted that King Solomon ordered soldiers to cut a baby into two parts in order to find the baby's real mother.
On the other side of the room there are several large shelves that were once used to store files. The ornaments on the shelves look so lovely!
This collection called as room screen. This baroque style room screen was once used in the meeting hall of the Council of the Indies in Kasteel (castle) Batavia. It was made in the 18th century with exceptionally detailed carvings. On the upper part shows six coat of arms of cities where VOC resided, while one symbol in the middle is the symbol of the city Batavia. The middle part of the screen shows carving of a knight carrying an armor with Medusa’s head as decoration.
After visiting this museum several times, my attention has always been focused on the ornaments on the walls which are arranged very nicely apart from the fact that the ornaments themselves are unique with their respective carving details. The paintings on the walls of the Fatahillah Museum are no less interesting than other collections. One of the paintings on display in this museum is the painting of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa.
Miniature of New Holland Church
Made from black ambon timber (sonokeling), this miniature is a miniature of the New Holland Church (De Nieuwe Hollandse Kerk) that was built in 1733 – 1736 and destructed by earthquake in 1808. This church was located at the location of present Wayang Museum and a number of tombs of people who were buried in the church’s complex can still be seen inside Wayang Museum inner courtyard. This miniature was made in Batavia and part of the original collection of Jakarta Historical Museum.
The Hermes statue was made in the 18th century. Initially this statue was owned by German merchant who later presented the statue to the government of Batavia city. Initially, the original Hermes statue was placed in the Hamorni area as the symbol of the entrance to the Dutch territory.
What other collections are there in the Fatahillah Museum? The above pictures are some other collections in the Fatahillah Museum.
Due to the limited time, I merely visited Jakarta Historical Museum, Puppet Museum and Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, the Bank Indonesia Museum and the Bank Mandiri Museum are temporarily closed, when reopen these two museums are also mandatory for your wish list to go. Although both are bank museums, the two museums have very different atmospheres and are both very enjoyable. I closed my tour of Old Town by enjoying the afternoon at Cafe Batavia. Do not forget to visit this area when visiting Jakarta. The above photos are some collections of Puppet Museum and Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum.
It can be said that the development of the Jakarta city could be summarized in the museums located in the old town area. Even though I have been to this area several times, there are always new interesting things that I found on my visits.
For further information:
Jakarta Historical Museum
Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.27 Pinangsia, RT.3/RW.6, Kota Tua, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110
Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum
Jl. Pos Kota No.2, RT.9/RW.7, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110
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