Friday, November 4, 2011

HISTORY Building Church In Indonesia

Love story in the Old Church

executive summary by darmansjah

The older churches in Jakarta is a cultural and architectural richness that needs to be maintained. Behind its sturdy walls and towers looming, recorded trace memories that shows how the church moves come and grow with his time.

Roadside Tugu Raya, Semper, North Jakarta, Church Monument stands. In place of the former captives of the Portuguese who "liberated" the Dutch two centuries ago this church was founded in 1747 and inaugurated in 1748 to preserve the culture.

From Arthur Michiels, story of the past in the Church Monument, which was originally built for the mardijkers (freedmen), revealed. Arthur, the remaining tenth generation, said the arrival of his ancestor, Titus Michiels, to Batavia to how to develop Kampung Tugu.

During the independence war, in Kampung Tugu mardijkers join the fight against the Japanese army took up arms and joined the People's Security Agency (BKR). "My grandfather, Mathias, even shooting one soldier in Kelapa Gading area," he said.

In fact, he could have said the monument has always been considered not indigenous at the time. "In Portugal we have not considered. Clearly we are not (people) Netherlands, also India, "said Arthur.

Along with the establishment of the church, standing well Bakti School Monument. Now, schools are not able to accept students from surrounding villages and eliminate the cost of education.

With the growing age, Kampung Tugu also inhabited Betawi, Ambon and Maluku with different religious backgrounds. The area used to be called Kampung Serani, because its people are Protestants, now coexist with other faiths. At Christmas, when some residents go to church, Muslims keep their homes.

Contributions are not always realized with the lift arms. S Anthony of Padua Church, built in 1938, it was originally intended to accommodate orphaned children in Batavia.
In his book, Historic Churches in Jakarta, SJ, wrote that Adolf Heuken S Anthony of Padua Church stems from the activities of the two sisters of the Ursuline order who came from the Netherlands.
In 1864, four years after the presence or the order in Batavia, two sisters Ursula's Convent founded to accommodate orphans from home deposit in the Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta. In 1915, nuns and orphans of the residents moved into their new home, the hostel at Jalan Kramat Vicentius Kingdom.
Over time, Dormitory Vicentius increasingly full and narrow. The sisters also add a special home orphan girls in China lote, East Jakarta. Renowned architects that time, Th Van Oyen, designing complex orphanage.
Vice Chairman of the Board S Anthony of Padua Parish Council lote China Lu'cas Juwono said that until now has not known exactly when the Church's stand Antonius. According to some sources, the church came after the construction of an orphanage. "I've been to the chapel for the orphanage. The chapel that eventually became the Church of S Anthony of Padua, "he said.
Throughout his age, the complex S Anthony of Padua Church and Orphanage Princess Vicentius witnessed many stories. The Dutch priest in this complex was captured when the Japanese entered the Dutch East Indies in 1942. Nuns and orphans were expelled.
According to the story, the church functioned as a hospital and headquarters of the Japanese army. However, they finally returned after Japan lost the war.
Age of both churches were older than the republic itself. However, its existence should not be separated from the history of the birth of the country consisting of a variety of different but still united.
(Maria SerenadeSinurat / Idha Saraswati)

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