The Old Batavia heritage complex in the historical part of the capital city Jakarta will come alive with the Fatahillah Fiestawhich is scheduled to take place on 13 – 16  March 2014.

The event will feature various art and cultural performances, Culinary Festival, Art exhibitions, and more. One of the special highlights of the Fatahillah Fiesta will be the Video Mapping show which will illustrate the history of Old Batavia. 

On Thursday, 6th March, in Jakarta, Lin Che Wei, Chairman of the Board Directors of JEFORAH commented that the “Fatahillah Fiesta is the first step in commencing a bigger program in the agenda of revitalizing the old Batavia complex” as reported beritajakarta.com. He also explained that there will also be a Visitor Center on the first floor of the Fatahillah Post Office intended for investors, architects, designers, urban planners, and others who wish to learn more about the Old Batavia Revitalization Programs.

In its heydays in the 16th century, Batavia was known as “The Queen of the East” and “the Jewel of Asia”. Its Sunda Kelapa harbour was abuzz with merchant vessels from Europe, China, India and from throughout the Indonesian archipelago, loading in and sailing away with precious nutmegs, pepper, tea, coffee, ceramics, cloths and other exotic products of the time. The warehouses were stacked with spices, tin and copper. The successful trade in Batavia filled the coffers of the Netherland’s Treasury.

Center of the VOC Dutch East India Company’s administration was the Stadthuis (today it is the Museum Fatahillah) with its wide front plaza, around which were the Court of Justice, banks and other important buildings. The entire area, covering 1.3 square kilometers is what is today known as the Old Batavia, present day part of North and West Jakarta.

Today many of the original buildings are still intact and the government has designated the Old Batavia as an important conservation area and revitalization programs are underway to ensure that the “Jewel of Asia” will exude its past glory once again.

 

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