Gereja Sion is the oldest church in Jakarta. Also known as the Portuguese outer church, it was built in 1695 by the Dutch for the benefit of their "black Portuguese" prisoners (Mardijker), some of whom descendants of families captured during the siege of Galle in 1640.

Apart from its historical significance, there is nothing really spectacular about the Gereja Sion. The best thing about it is probably the massive pipe organ from the 18th century.

There is also a graveyard outside the church where Hendrick Zwaardecroon, former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1718 to 1725 is buried.
Hendrick Zwaardecroon's grave
Amusingly, the church is located on the infamous Jalan Pangeran Jayakarta, near the red light district of Kota Indah.

Gereja Sion - Black Portuguese Church
Oldest Church in Jakarta
Jalan Pangeran Jayakarta, Tamansari, West Jakarta

Free entrance but you are invited to make a donation.

Also on Jakarta100bars, read about the oldest mosque in Jakarta and the oldest Buddhist temple in Jakarta.

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