Similar to other major cities in the world, Jakarta is a megapolitan
city with a long history. In the past, Jakarta was an important harbour
called Sunda Kelapa.
Although Sunda Kelapa was only a harbour,
this area had villages which turned into the city of Jakarta. If you
would like to know more about Old Batavia, you must visit the Fatahillah
Built in an area covering 13 thousand square meters, the
museum is situated at Taman Fatahillah street No. 2, West Jakarta. It
has 17th century architecture. By visiting every corner of the museum,
you would feel the ancient city previously called Jayakarta (1527-1619)
and Batavia (1619-1942).
The Fatahillah Museum has a classical
Barok architecture and consists of a main building with two wings on its
east and west, complementary building used as an office, court room,
and underground prisons.
These frightening prison cells have iron
balls believed used to detain prisoners and slaves.
There The Fatahillah museum is still a favorite site
for culture lovers, photographers, local tourists and international
tourists (particularly Europeans) and is open from Tuesday through
Sunday, from 09:00-16:00 West Indonesia Time. This museum is closed
every Monday and public holiday. It is not difficult to reach this old
and historic museum by car, busway, taxi or public transportation.