The Merdeka palace is used for official state events as well as a place of residence for the President of Indonesia. Situated in the same complex as the Merdeka Palace and surrounded by charming gardens reminiscent of those in Europe, is the Istana Negara (State Palace). This building was the original palace, erected in 1796 during the reign of Governor-General Pieter Gerardus von Overstraten. At the time, the palace functioned as an administrative and residential compound for Dutch Governor-Generals. At present day, the palace is mainly used for state banquets. Typical of colonial Dutch architecture, both palaces have front porticos supported by beautifully crafted Corinthian and Doric pillars. Inside the establishments, there are elegant sitting rooms, reception halls and impressively curated Indonesian artworks representative of the plight for freedom fought by the Indonesian people. Prominent sites of Indonesian history and a tribute to impeccable neo-classical Dutch architecture, these establishments are definitely not to miss.