Syahbandar Menara


Just before the entrance to the maritime museum is an atmospheric harbourmaster watchtower, built in 1839 to sight and direct traffic to the port. Views include the unappealing landfill and polluted water, but you can still take in some of old Batavia and the chaotic scenes below. Entry includes a visit to the Museum Bahari.

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1. Museum Bahari

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2. VOC Galangan

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5. Kali Besar

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7. Museum Wayang

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8. Taman Fatahillah

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