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Old Batavia - Kota, Jakarta: 34 reviews and 82 photos

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That is the name of this drawbridge if I translate from the Indonesian: Jembatan Kota Intan. Near the northern End of Kali Besar you can admire a beautiful remain of old Batavia (I am tempted to write Old Amsterdam!); this bridge is very well preserved and you almost can expect it will work, but there are not anymore boats navigating down the kali and the bridge is closed to traffic now.
This bridge which was first build in the beginning 17th century, linked the Dutch fort the English fort (when there was an English settlement in what would eventually become Batavia), and was named Engelse Brug—English Bridge— but it later changed name many times with the course of history (Centre Bridge, Chicken market bridge, . . . . ) and it was rebuilt as a drawbridge in 1938 and was named “Juliana-Bernhard” Bridge. Since Independence, it is called Jembatan Kota Intan.
This landmark of the old city has been well preserved and it is nice to walk on it and make a few photographs.

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

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  • Written Apr 8, 2009
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