The capital and largest city of Central Java, Semarang has always been a major port city and a real melting pot. Its diversity is best displayed in the architecture of the many iconic buildings. The Lawang Sewu is created in New Indies Style, featuring colonial design, while the Great Mosque shows a blend of Javanese, Arabic and Roman architecture. There is also the 15th century Sam Poo Kong Chinese temple. Other architectural masterpieces of the past can be admired in the charming Old Town of Semarang.

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