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Black Portuguese Church (Gereja Sion)

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Address: Jl. Pangeran Jayakarta | Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone Number: +62 21 6596616
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This church, built in 1695, is Jakarta's oldest place of worship.

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it is one of the oldest portuguese church in jakarta which built in 18 century since the dutch era

i have been handled a group from netherland to visit inside of the portuguese church in jakarta kota and it is one of the oldest church in batavia city....i have been visited this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 March 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

i have been handled a group from netherland to visit inside of the portuguese church in jakarta kota and it is one of the oldest church in batavia city....i have been visited this church many times because this church is one of the other tour object in jakarta specially for the historical tour.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Zion Church is characteristically Dutch with its plain facade, ward-like appearance and domed windows. Its an old authentic and quite well preseved church. Unfortunately only few protected building like this around the town

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

This church is the oldest church in Jakarta. this called as Gereja Sion located in Pinangsia District, Taman Sari, Jakarta, Indonesia. this Church was built from 1695, it is the oldest church still standing in Jakarta. it is worth to visit during your stay in Jakarta

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

theres not much old heritage for ducth era in jakarta (ie. batavia) reserved.. having one of the interesting culture, and still in spirit of the portuguese sion is something to experience. if you are hunting with your lenses, it could be interesting. to get here you need to ask around and be ready with jakarta quite heavy street, but its... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Even been adopted by the dutch and protestantism, the Portuguese church is still an icon. The guard will open the church for you.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

if you are particularly interested in old churches or in Jakarta's history then maybe you will enjoy this place, but its not really a destination I would worry about taking visitors to. There aren't a lot of historic sites to see in Jakarta but this is one of them.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

This is one of a famous church in Jakarta that has been built during the colonial era. If you are looking for history and art this is one of them for you to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Maybe this church is one of the oldest building in Jakarta, that still in good maintenance and has same function as a "church". I love the structure of the building, the architecture and of course the history behind this building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

This church was probably the one of the few churches in Batavia that survive the century during VOC rule end in 1799. Built in the late 17th century it have interestingly similar ambiance as most VOC-built churches in Sri Lanka or even South Africa, complete with the interesting graveyards (which was partially removed for road, a shame). Batavia was designed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014 via mobile

Often left off most tour this is place holds a interesting place in history. Altough it has been modernized inside so you do not get the full effect like in other places it should not be forgotten.

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