The oldest remaining church in Jakarta, the Gereja Sion dates back to 1695. The church is famously known as Gereja Portugis and was built to serve the slaves captured from Portuguese ports, mainly Eurasians and natives. This place of worship was known then as De Nieuwe Portugese Buitenkerk owing to its position outside of the city wall.
Most of the people who were caught on the shores of India and Malaya and brought to Batavia served as slaves to the Portuguese. The church was built for the benefit of this community as they were mostly Catholics. The building was built on 10000 logs and constructed with sand and heatproof sugar. The characteristics of the church relate mostly to Portuguese architecture, with its domed windows and copper chandeliers. The original organ donated by the daughter of Reverend John Maurits Moor still stays put.
Although only a few tombs remain in the graveyard of the church, more than 2300 people have been buried here. The church is easily accessed on foot from Taman Fatahillah. Travellers who are keen on studying ancient Portuguese architecture and those interested in old buildings will surely love the experience of this church. The best time to visit however would be on a Sunday when hundreds of locals gather here to worship. The structure is famous for its colonial feel and is admired by many as a historic masterpiece in the beautiful island of Bali.
Bali offers a fascinating experience to its visitors, from enjoying the natural splendour of this exotic island to exploring its interesting history. Monuments dating back to the time of the Dutch and Portuguese occupancy have been beautifully preserved to date. There are plenty of Serviced Apartment in Jakarta options to choose from. While you soak up the sun and let the balmy sea breeze rock you in a beautiful lullaby, stay at a gorgeously decorated service apartment in Jakarta, which will offer you something to reflect upon, long after your journey to the east has ended. Somerset Berlian Jakarta is a well-equipped service apartment complex that will let you hop in and out of Bali attractions conveniently while indulging in heavenly comforts.
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