August 26, 2009

Fatahillah Museum


This museum is located at Jalan Taman Fatahillah No. 1, in down-town Jakarta and it is the oldest building in Jakarta. This building was originally used as Town Hall of Batavia, which was built and inaugurated in 1710. At first, activities in this building besides dealing with government affairs, also dealt with marriage, judicial and trade affairs, making people in the past know it as “Speaking Building”. After Indonesia gained its independence, the building was once used as Quarter of Military District 0503 of West Jakarta. Approaching 1970, it was preserved by Jakarta City Government and on April 4, 1974 it was officially made Museum of History of Jakarta.

The museum features the historical development of the city, using a display of various kinds of furniture, chinaware, a map of Jakarta from the 18th century, portraits of Batavia’s Governor General, European porcelains used by them, stoneware, old gravestones, kitchen utensils, coins, etc. There are among other, the replica of the Tugu Inscription from the age of Great King Purnawarman, forming evidence that the center of the Kingdom of Tarumanegara was located in around the seaport of Tanjung Priok. Further, the historical evidence of the age of Sunda Kelapa Harbour is represented by a map of the 16th century and the replica of the Padrao monument of the Portuguese. At The period of Jayakarta, and the beginning of the establishment of the City the Bronze cannon and through various drawings and maps of the 17th century. Collection of furniture of Betawi style from the 17th, 18th and 19th century is the richest collection and belongs to the most complete one in the world. This collection is very interesting since it’s reflects the association of the community of the City of Batavia with various cultural elements from Europe, especially Dutch, China, India and Indonesia.

An Old Portuguese cannon is in front of the museum with an inscription in Latin reading: Ex Me Ipsa Renata Sum (I am reborn from myself). Its exact origin is not known but people call the cannon “Si Jagur” and many believe that it possesses certain mystical powers. Childless women go there to make offerings of flowers, hoping to be blessed with children.

Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1 Central Jakarta • Ph.: 62-21 692 9101
Open : Tuesday – Sunday : 09.00 am – 03.00 pm
Closed : Monday/Public holiday

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