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Jakarta Arts Building, Jakarta

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The Jakarta Art Building, historically known as Schouwburg Weltevreden, is a concert hall in Jakarta, Indonesia, built during the colonial period in Batavia, Dutch East Indies. It is close to the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta and the Jakarta Cathedral, near Lapangan Banteng Park.HistoryThe idea for the creation of a theater in Batavia came from the Governor-General of Batavia at that time, Herman Willem Daendels. This idea was realized by Stamford Raffles, who was known for his passion for the study and preservation of local culture. In 1814 Raffles ordered the construction of a simple bamboo theatre near Waterlooplein, under the name "Military Theater Venue". It was built by English soldiers and had a capacity of 250 people. This first theater in Batavia was used from 1811 to 1816 for the entertainment of British soldiers.In August 1816, the English gave the Indies back to the Dutch East Indies and Batavia was under the governorship of the Netherlands once more. Performances were again held in the building on April 21, 1817, by groups of Dutch amateur performers.In 1820 the bamboo theater began to show signs of deterioration, and in 1821, supported by the Dutch colonial government, it was replaced with a more permanent structure. The architect chosen to design the building was J.C. Schultze
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  • It is a big house behind the Jakarta Cathedral theater. I think it is worth watching because Theater didn't get inside this performance is not due to the Cretaceous western façade alone.
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  • Built during the Dutch Colonial Government, the building is well preserved and should continue to receive DKI Provincial Government attention as one of Jakarta's historical buildings. More publication...  more »
  • i love this place; went here twice only to see a performance. For the building itself, the architecture is cute and vintage, somewhat romantic. maybe if you're from europe this is normal to you but fo...  more »