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Jakarta Post

Cathedral museum counts on volunteers

  • Lutfi Rakhmawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 7 2012   /  11:49 am

The magnificent Jakarta Cathedral in Central Jakarta, with its 60-meter-tall twin towers, offers more than its beautiful facade and majestic decor.

As a national heritage site located close to the Istiqlal Mosque, the Protestant Immanuel Church, the National Monument and the Presidential Palace, the church is a silent witness of the country’s history.

And yet there is even more to the church than meets the eye.

Not many people know that the church has kept in its bosom the relics of Catholicism, some of them from as early as the 17th century.

The cathedral’s museum, home to many of these relics, was built in 1991 on the second floor of the church.

It is open to the public every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. No entry fee is required and each visitor will receive a leaflet about the museum’s collections.

There are th...