The splendid Jakarta Cathedral will draw the attention of any visitor to the Indonesian capital with its handsome architecture and elaborate interior. This grand Roman Catholic shrine was officially consecrated in the year 1901 and is constructed in the renowned neo-Gothic mode of design. This architectural style was often used in the construction of Catholic churches in this period.
There are many interesting features which command attention in this revered place of worship. The principal entrance to the edifice faces west and near the middle of the central portal, you will see an image of Mother Mary. Visitors will also notice a beautiful circular stained glass image of the Rozeta Rosa Mystica, which symbolizes Our Lady Mary.
The cathedral features three major spires of which the two highest, measuring no less than 60m, are located at the front of the complex. The tower that faces south is known as ‘the Ivory Tower’, where the purity and pristine whiteness of ivory is considered to symbolize the immaculate purity of the Virgin Mary. On this tower, you will see a number of ancient clocks which still function, along with an old bell. The tower facing north is known as the ‘Fort of David’ and represents Mother Mary as a protector and refuge against the powers of evil.
The actual church building features two storeys, of which the upper floor may be reached via a stairway located in the north tower. The upper storey functions as a museum, containing relics pertaining to Catholicism, such as silver goblets and the robes and hats of high-ranking Catholic clergy. It also depicts the development of Catholicism in the nation of Indonesia.
The podium of the cathedral depicts illustrations of the torments of hell on one side, whilst on the other side are paintings of the serenity of heaven, with numerous holy angels in attendance. With so much to see and admire, a visit to Jakarta Cathedral will never disappoint the sightseer.
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Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+