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Jakarta was established in the fourth century and became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda (eastern Java). It was the capital of the Dutch East Indies, known as Batavia at that time.

These days Jakarta is one of the biggest and most densely populated cities in the planet and traffic is a real mess. Although we were advised to bypass it, we did not. Visiting a country without visiting its capital feels a bit strange. And we did want to go search for whatever is left of the old Dutch colonial capital.

Not much, though they are making (modest) plans to restore the old town center and the old harbour.

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This picture shows the old town hall of Batavia. It was constructed by the Dutch in 1707 and now houses the History Museum.

The picture was shot from one of the windows of the sublime old style Café Batavia, which still is one of the most atmospheric places on Java to go for a drink (or two).

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