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Sven Verbeek Wolthuys regularly posts about Jakarta’s history on social media. Forgotten pictures, stories and videos of a bygone city. Updates will appear first on the Lost Jakarta website. Here you will also find bonus material (audio and video) from the book 250 YEARS IN OLD JAKARTA.

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Jalan Banyuwangi 9 (video)

An almost untouched original Menteng residence on Jalan Banyuwangi 9. This is howMenteng looked like in the 1930s and 1940s. Jalan Banyuwangi is a hidden treasure anyway as this street is quiet during the day as well as at night when they close the boom gate at the...

Jalan Sam Ratulangi 46

We have often posted about Menteng and the demolition of protected cultural heritage. However sometimes we should also celebrate great efforts of preservation. Probably one of the best examples is the house on Jalan Sam Ratulangi 46 (on the corner with Jalan Cemara),...

Jalan Majapahit 1936

Renowned architect J.F.L. Blankenberg (1888-1958) was responsible for many modern two-storey houses in Menteng, most notably the ones on Taman Suropati numbers 3 and 7, which are now the official residences of the American ambassador respectively the Governor of...


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