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Gereja Sion

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A short walk from Jakarta’s Kota railway station, the stately and rather austere historic church, Gereja Sion (Zion Church) attests to a unique chapter in the story of the city.

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Dating from 1695 it is the oldest church in Jakarta today, and possibly the oldest remaining in Indonesia. Originally known as “De Nieuwe Portugeesche Buitenkerk” (The New Portuguese Outer Church) referring to its position outside of the city wall, it was established to service Batavia’s “Mardijker” community. As the colonial powers shifted in the region and Portuguese colonies fell under the sovereignty of the Dutch, slaves captured in what is now Sri Lanka, India and the Malay Peninsula, ostensibly after the Dutch conquest of Melaka, were brought to Batavia by the Dutch East India Company (a nearby kampung is still known as ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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