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jakarta cathedral

Jakarta Cathedral or officially named Santa Maria Pelindung Diangkat Ke Surga, and De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming in Dutch is an extraordinary church in Jakarta. The building stretched a long history from the year of 1901. As an overall design, the Catholic church adopts a neo-gothic style from Europe — where some centuries ago, these designs are the adopted design for church buildings. The precious heritage was designed by Priest Antonius Dijkmans while the first stone put by Provicaris Carolus Wenneker.

The plan of the cathedral took the form of a cross with a length of 60 meters and 10 meters wide, plus 5 metres on each aisle. It is a cathedral because it contains the "cathedra", the throne of bishop. The main entrance of the building is facing the west side. At the center of the main portal, stands a statue of Our Lady Mary, with a sentence written on top of the portal, "Beatam Me Dicentes Omnes Generationes" which means "All generations shall call me blessed" as there is a large round stained glass Rozeta Rosa Mystica, which is the symbol of Mother Mary.

There are three main spires in Jakarta Cathedral: the two tallest ones measured 60 metres tall and are located in front on each side of the portal. The north tower is called "The Fort of David", which symbolizes Mary, as the refuge and protector against the power of darkness. The south tower, also 60 metres tall, is called "The Ivory Tower", which describes the whiteness and pureness of ivory describe the pureness of Virgin Mary. On the Ivory Tower, there are old clocks that are still well functioned as well as a church bell. The third spire rises above the roof's cross intersection and measured 45 metres tall from the ground, and is called "The Angelus Dei Tower".

The building consists of two floors, the upper floor can be reached from a flight of stairs in the northern tower. Originally, the second floor is used to be the place for the choir during masses. However, considering the age of the building, many have concerned about the sustainability of the building to support the weight of many people.Today, the upper floor functions as the Jakarta Cathedral Museum, housing the relics of Catholic rituals, such as the silver cups, hats and robes of the Dutch East Indies and Indonesian Archbishops and Cardinals. This museum also displays the history of Roman Catholicism in Indonesia.

On the southern side, there is a statue of Pietà, describing the sadness of Mother Mary while holding the body of Jesus Christ after crucifixion. The wall surrounded the interior have several scenes depicting Stations of the Cross. The cathedral has four pulpits for confession services, two on each side. At the center, there is a high raised wooden podium with shell-shaped roof for sound reflection. The podium then was installed in 1905 and display the images of Hell on the lower side while the images of Jesus' sermons and other scenes are on the middle side. Meanwhile, the top of the podium display the scene of Heaven adorned with winged angels. On the southern side, a large Neo-Gothic style organ which was made in Verschueren, Belgium, then moved and installed in Jakarta in 1988, is present. This organ was taken from Amby village near Maastricht.

There are three altars in this cathedral: on the left side is "The Altar of Saint Mary", to celebrate the assumption of Mary to Heaven. The altar was made in 1915 by Atelier Ramakers. On the right side is "The Altar of Saint Joseph", completed in May 1922. The throne of bishop called "Cathedra" is located on the left side with three thrones. The main altar located in the center was made in 19th century in the Netherlands. It was moved from a Jesuit Church in Groningen in 1956. In this altar there is a main cross of Jesus and the tabernacle. * Text courtesy of Wikipedia.


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