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Semarang's old city: A fading reminder of former glories

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27 2009   /  02:27 pm

Unique design: The Marba building is a quite unique design but has only sparing usage. (JP/Simon Marcus Gower) Semarang, one of the oldest cities in the country, was the place of residence for a Dutch provincial governor in colonial times. As the provincial capital of Central Java, with a very active port, it grew into a major city busy with trade and administrative importance. The city's commercial and administrative significance required a level of infrastructure that could support its role. This led to the development of what is now the "old city" of Semarang and its impressive buildings. Although many of these buildings are left now neglected and wasting away, they still remind us of the former glories of this city. One of Semarang's most outstanding buildings and, fortunately, one of its best kept, is Gereja Blenduk. Built in 1753, this imposing buil...