Weekly Photo Challenge : The Stadhuis

In the west part of modern Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia), we will find an early 18th century building, which in the past called as Stadhuis (city hall). This building is said resembles the Old City Hall of Amsterdam (now the Royal Paleis op de Dam).
This two storey building was completed in 1712 and was the most important building from the time of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie). 

In its long history, this building has been used as court, office, prison, marriage register, prayer room for Dutch, French, and Malay services, centre for the militia, and also as a place to conduct the execution to the prisoners.

The square of this building also witnessed many cheerfull events as public markets and merry all nighy feasts. In the centre of the square, there is a small octagonal fountain where the people used to fetch their drinking water.

During World War II, Japanese resident had his office in this building, and after the war it served as a military office. During the governorship of Ali Sadikin, this building was fully restored and converted into a museum since 1974 called Museum Sejarah Jakarta.

This building has connected the history of the capital city and survived since three hundred years ago. It witnessed so many events silently in this city since its name was Batavia, Jayakarta and now Jakarta. 

Since 1712, there have been several changes have been made to the entrance of this building. But I found an old painting from 1881 made by J.C. Rappard that shows no major changes of this building for almost two hundred years.

This building teach me to be strong and stand still, to face day by day bravely.

Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. 

Elizabeth Edwards



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