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Oh! Almost empty! Two cannons, few people sitting on stone spheres, a bajaj passing by (first picture). . . . It is a very rare sight in the usually very hectic Jakarta! This picture has been taken from the historical museum on the southern side of Taman Fatahillah; Taman Fatahillah is the main square of old Batavia, and it has recently been laid out as a pedestrian area, with only the eastern side open to traffic. It is nice to have a quiet place in North Jakarta, a place with the shade of trees, where you can have a rest (picture 2), or if the heat does not frighten you, you can rent a bike (picture 3) and tour in the area (I did not rent a bike here, preferred to walk that day).
I do not know what these stone spheres (picture 4) represent; you find them all around Taman Fatahillah, delimitating this square which in the middle has a small basin with a fountain; well, a nice place to have a rest between the visits to the museums which are located around this square (picture 5); enjoy it, places like this one are rare in Jakarta!
Ah! And Fatahillah! It is the name of the Sundanese prince who in the 16th century conquered back Jayakarta from the Portuguese, but could not do a lot when the Dutch conquered west Java.

Address: Jalan Taman Fatahillah No.1, DKI Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
Directions: Taman Fatahillah, North Jakarta.
Website: http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/228/old-batavia

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  • Written Apr 8, 2009
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