Taman Fatahillah: The Center of Old Batavia


Taman Fatahillah or Fatahillah Park, is located before the Jakarta Historical Museum, Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics, and Puppet Museum. The name of this park previously was staadhuisplein (City Hall Park). In the middle of the Park you will see a fountain (no longer use) as a water resources for local Batavians at that time.  At this park you will see many colorful bicycle equipped with hat for woman. You may rent for Rp. 10.000/30 minutes. In this park, there are also 4 pieces of cannon, two on the right side and two on the left side

During the VOC and the Dutch East Indies was still in power, in the park is often held the execution of the prisoners carried the death penalty by hanging or beheading his head. No wonder the Jakarta Historical Museum on the 1st floor store replicas of a place to hang the prisoners. Jakarta Historical Museum also holds a collection of the one and a half meter sword of justice (sort of guillotine), which the executioner to decapitate the head of the prisoners. According to history, in Amsterdam in the early 18th century with a population of 210 thousand people, every year there are five death sentences. While at the same time in Batavia with a population of 130 thousand people death sentences amount to twice as much. Some of the famous are: Pieter Erberveld – accused of treason to the government (another version says he refused his land taken by the Governor-General who was in power), Oey Tambahsia – a young handsome playboy, and Bang Puase, a master of Kwitang, accused being a killer of Nyai Dasima.

Currently, although executions are no longer used as a show, but Indonesia still apply the death penalty for a particular cases

How to get here (see the route map):

From Juanda/Gondangdia /Cikini go to platform 1 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota. Go to the north exit and take a 5 minute walk

From Tanah Abang go to platform 3 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Nambo/Bogor and stop at Manggarai go to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota. Go to the north exit and take a 5 minute walk

From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Nambo/Bogor and stop at Manggarai go to platform 3/5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line to Jakarta Kota. Go to the north exit and take a 5 minute walk

See the link map or the map below

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