Historical Sites, Places of Worship
COMMUNICATING THROUGH LIGHT.
Symbol of the Neo-Gothic style, the tall towers of Jakarta’s Cathedral stand out in bright tones to communicate through light and color.
Completely rebuilt at the end of the 19Th century, the Cathedral of Jakarta was the first Neo-Gothic style Catholic church in the Dutch East Indies. "Our Lady of Assumption” is a gorgeous remnant of the colonial architectural heritage of Jakarta as well as a modern symbol of the multi-denominational nature of Indonesia.
With its dark colors and high, tapered towers, the Neo-Gothic style gained traction after decades of war becoming a symbol of repentance and of the human endeavor to reach Heaven. Following this widely diffused European style, the cathedral is fitted with three finely sculpted towers, each of them featuring a different design. Rising like arrows above the church’s main structure, two 60 m high towers are located in the front of the building. The left one represents the strength of the king in protecting his people, while the right one symbolizes the purity of the Virgin Mary. Standing 45 m tall, the third tower is located above the church’s main altar.