What an Amazing World!

Semarang is known to have one of Indonesia’s most exquisite collections of colonial buildings. On a recent visit to my hometown I took the chance to do what I should have done much earlier, exploring Kota Lama – the old town quarter. Rows of Dutch buildings fill 31 hectares (77 acres) in what was once a fortified quarter called Vijhoek.

Tracing back Kota Lama’s history to its heyday in the 19th–20th century when this gated area was called the Little Netherlands, one would typically start from Gereja Blenduk, the old church which is a prominent landmark of Kota Lama and Semarang. Owing its affectionate nickname from its copper dome (blenduk means dome in Javanese), the oldest church in Central Java has been in use since 1753.

Meanwhile the former office of Nederlandsch Indische Levensverzekering En Lijfrente Maatschappij (The Dutch Indies Life Annuity Company), which was later used…

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