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Fatahillah Square

Address: Old Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #24 of 79 Attractions in Jakarta
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. During Dutch Colonial times in the 16th century, this was the heart of the walled city. Home to attractions such as the Jakarta History Museum and many colonial buildings, this area fills up with artisans, jugglers, and tourists on the weekends.

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AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Cafe Batavia as it has been earlier time Nice piece of history of Dutch former times Inside can enjoy a coffee tea or fresh juice with a meal and look around in this beautyfull place

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Lille, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Batavia is Jakarta's former name, given by the Dutch. (Locals hate it) This square has a lot of history bundled into it, each building having its own. Make sure to come with an experienced guide, or at least a touristic book, to really get to know what these buildings around the square are. And of course, a stop upstairs café... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My intention was to go to Fatahillah Museum but by the time I arrived, it hadn't opened yet. The square was sweltering at midday. The things that you can do the most is taking picture with Fatahillah Museum as a background or with some people dressed as Indonesia soldiers. Another one, is you can shop many things because there are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1,001 reviews 1,001 reviews
615 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a part of the rich history of Jakarta. This square used to be a showcase center piece for the Dutch during the colonial days. Now access to the square is car free and it is a bustling touristy area. At night there are lots of vendors (food), artists & street performances. It is a good place to visit.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
81 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Located in the old city area, this square has been the tides of change over many years. There's alot of history which took place here. There's little to no signage though, so best to read ahead on what you're looking at. The square itself has been tiled over with dark concrete slabs which adsorb the sun's rays and can make... More 

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Rome, Italy
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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is the old colonial part of Jakarta with colonial buildings, a real period feel and a clutch of museums around it. It has several tourist attractions like bikes for rent, local food stalls and painted human figures relivnig Indonesian history. The History museum, Post museum, Ceramic museum and Wayang Puppet museum are all around the Square making it a... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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189 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The main building was being renovated and was screened off The local shops don't have much Some students hanging around Long taxi ride but taxis are cheap safe and reliable in Jakarta Traffic is bad though

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Saudi Arabia
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209 reviews 209 reviews
69 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

In this square you have the old, colonial headquarters, you have street performers, school children on days out, and market vendors. It is an interesting spot to come and watch various elements of Jakarta interact, as well as admire some of the oldest buildings in the city.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
154 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My first visit to Jakarta was during Ramadan a few years ago and I went to Kota on a weekday (a Monday I think when many museums are closed) when it was pretty dead. However and on my last trip, I went on the weekend and while the square was half closed off for restoration, there were thongs of locals... More 

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Jakarta
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A 'must do' at least once for both visitors and locals. Some lovely historic buildings but sadly very little upkeep has been done on them. The 'square' itself is a centre place for stalls selling food, gimmicky souveneirs, clothes, artwork etc. If a westerner you can expect to be approached by school or university groups and asked to do a... More 

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