Pintu Air Istiqlal: Saving the Bourgeois District of Batavia


In handling the floods that often hit Jakarta, The VOC and Dutch East Indies Government was also trying to build many canals in Jakarta. Since the construction of the canal, it should also construct various water gates in Jakarta. One of the water gate is Pintu Air Istiqlal or Istiqlal Water Gate

In the Dutch East Indies period, the water gate was called Sluisburg, which is also the name of the street at that time. After independence, the street name was changed to Jalan Pintu Air. In the past, this area is an elite area that is heavily populated by the Dutch. Sluisburg serves to control the channels of Molenvliet (Harmony) towards Noordwijk (Jl. Juanda), Risjwijk (Jl. Veterans), keep heading up to Pasar Baru and Gunung Sahari. Pintu Air Istiqlal had damaged due to the major flooding that occurred in 1872.

The Hermes Statue used to be standing in Pintu Air Istiqlal just like the one at the Harmoni Bridge. Unfortunately, the statue now has been lost.

Pintu Air Istiqlal has been designated as a historic building that is protected by the Heritage Act

How to get here (see the route map):

From Gondangdia /Cikini go to platform 1 and  take Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Juanda. Take a 6 minutes walk to the South

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 Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Juanda. Take a 6 minutes walk to the South

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 Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Juanda. Take a 6 minutes walk to the South

See the link map or the map below

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