As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is graced with lots of the nation’s most significant landmarks, from historic buildings to modern skyscrapers. Whether it’s to admire them from afar while walking, or to research more in-depth, here is our guide to the most impressive buildings you need to see in Jakarta.
This translates as”the liberty mosque” in Arabic, and was constructed to commemorate Indonesia’s independence. Recognizing that the country is home to the biggest Muslim population in the world, that the then-government went everywhere in constructing the grand mosque, which is still the largest in Southeast Asia. The building’s structure is loaded with symbolic significance, representing either the country’s year of independence, the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, or the seven Muslim skies. The grand architecture reflects both traditional Indonesian and Islamic culture. Tourists are welcome to tour the mosque, and many world leaders have experienced the pleasure, such as former US President Barack Obama, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and much more.
As Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, it might appear surprising to find a majestic Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral at its heart. St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral has been towering tall since 1901, just across from the massive Istiqlal Mosque. Committed to the Virgin Mary, the construction is filled with adoration symbols, from centuries-old altars to statues and paintings. Constructed in a Neo-Gothic style, many of the cathedral’s substances and items were sourced by the Netherlands, for example, its pipe organ and the chief altar. The palace contains three major spires, one of which houses a museum showcasing relics of Catholic rituals.
Completed in 1996, this construction is considered ahead of its time. It was the country’s tallest building for almost a decade. Located in Jakarta’s business center and surrounded by new skyscrapers, the building still stands out with its own iconic fountain pen-shaped antenna in addition to a gracious glass outside. The building is home to banks, offices, restaurants, and cafés, and is still one of the most well-known buildings in the ever-growing skyline of Jakarta.
It’s also known as the Elephant Building due to the bronze elephant statue from its forecourt. It was initially constructed by the Dutch during the colonial era, and reflects some European architectural elements, together with towering pillars. The building has been managed and developed further by the Indonesian Government, including the addition of a new wing. The building also has a Greek-style inner courtyard, allowing in natural light and air. As a museum, this building houses collections from all around the country.
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