Religious Site In Jakarta
Explore Cathedral Jakarta, Istiqlal Mosque, Jin de Yuan, and Gereja Sion
Istiqlal Mosque, or Masjid Istiqlal, (Independence Mosque) is the largest mosque in South East Asia. This national mosque was built to commemorate the Indonesian independence, hence the name "Istiqlal", which in Arabic it means "independence". The mosque is positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral. People are welcomed to visit any day at any time, and there is no ticket to enter.
Full address: Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710
Official Website: http://www.istiqlalmosque.com/index.html
Jakarta Cathedral (or Gereja Katedral Jakarta) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Jakarta, which is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jakarta. Its official name is Gereja Santa Maria Pelindung Diangkat Ke Surga (from Dutch, De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming, in English: The Church of Our Lady of Assumption). This cathedral was built in the neo-gothic style and it is located in Central Jakarta near Merdeka Square and it stands right in the front of the Istiqlal Mosque.
Full address: Jl. Katedral No.7B, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710
Official Website: http://www.katedraljakarta.or.id/
Jin de Yuan
This old Chinese Buddhist temple compound dates from 1755. It is located not too far from the Petak Semilan street market, and it is one of the most important temples in the city. It is easy to spot because the roof is characterized by two dragons that are eating pearls. The interiors are filled with wooden patterns and intricate carvings and the atmosphere is enhanced by the many incenses and candles that fill up the place.
Full address: Jl. Kemenangan III 13
Official Website: http://jindeyuan.org/en/
Also known as Gereja Portugis (Portuguese Church), it is the oldest church in Jakarta. It is dated from 1695 and it was built just outside the old city walls. This church was built for slaves captured from Portuguese trading ports. The style of the interiors of the church is baroque. The church also features the authentic organ and copper chandeliers.
Full address: Jl. Pangeran Jayakarta