Gereja Sion Church in Jakarta

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The Portuguese Church of Gereja Sion (Gereja Sion) was built in 1695, and it is the oldest church in Jakarta. It was built by the Portuguese near the port specifically for slaves who were brought here from India and present-day Malaysia. They were given conditions that if they joined the Dutch Reformed Church, they would be granted freedom. The church was built, by the way, also by slaves, which is why it got a different name - Black Portuguese Church.

The interior of the church is unremarkable, it almost does not stand out against the background of other buildings of the colonial period in the area. However, inside it is much more interesting and worth a visit. Inside there is an old organ, candelabra, and in the courtyard you can see old tombstones.

Gereja Sion Portuguese Church in Jakarta

🕐 Working hours: during daytime.

💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge, donations are welcome.

🚶 How to get there: Located in the historic district of Kota, Jl. Jemb. Batu No.17 (Gereja Sion Church on the map). You can get there by Transjakarta Busway buses to the Pakin stop along corridor 12, or by city trains to the final station of Jakarta.

Panorama of the church

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