Immanuel Church, Jakarta

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Protestant Church in Western Indonesia Immanuel Jakarta
Gereja Immanuel
Willemskerk
Immanuel's Church of Jakarta
Coordinates: 6°10′36″S 106°49′55″E / 6.17674°S 106.831999°E / -6.17674; 106.831999
LocationJakarta
CountryIndonesia
DenominationProtestant
(Calvinist)
History
Former name(s)Willemskerk
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)J.H. Horst
StyleIndies Empire style[1]
Groundbreaking24 August 1835
Completed24 August 1839
Specifications
Number of floors2
Number of domes1

St. Emmanuel's Church (official Indonesian Gereja Immanuel) is a Protestant church in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is considered one of the oldest churches in Indonesia. The church stands on the corner of Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur and Jalan Pejambon, formerly part of the 19th century Weltevreden district.

History[edit]

Late 19th-century lithograph of Immanuel's Church.

The first idea for the construction of the church was initiated by the Dutch Reformed and the Lutherans in Batavia. Construction phase started in 1834, following the design of J.H. Horst. The laying of the first stone was done on August 24, 1835. Construction of the church was completed on August 24, 1839. The Church was christened as Willemskerk to honor King William I of the Netherlands. It is considered one of the first civic building in the Koningsplein.[2]

In 1843, a Bätz organ was installed. The organ was restored in 1985.[3]

The church also keeps a Dutch State Bible printed from 1748 by Nicolaas Goetzee of Gorinchem.[3]

Building[edit]

The all brick church is built in Indies Empire style.[1] The church sits above a 3-meter foundation. The doors were made of solid teak wood decorated with brass for handles and keyholes.

The church has a circular layout with diameter of 9.5 meter covered in grey marble tiles. Chairs are arranged circularly, with a lectern previously used by the Governor of Batavia.[2]

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References[edit]

Works cited[edit]

  • Afif Farhan (21 December 2011). "Gereja Immanuel, Warisan Batavia untuk Jakarta". Travel (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Travel. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  • Christie Damayanti (3 February 2012). "'Gereja Immanuel': Saksi Sejarah yang Cantik dari Hindia Belanda". Kompasiana (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Kompas. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  • Het Indische bouwen: architectuur en stedebouw in Indonesie : Dutch and Indisch architecture 1800-1950. Helmond: Gemeentemuseum Helmond. 1990. Retrieved March 30, 2015.

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