Churches in Indonesia


While Indonesia might look like a predominantly Muslim country, the country is as diverse as it gets with different religions and people of different ethnicities living and interacting with each other. Indonesia has some really beautiful churches in its stead.

Here is the list of 8 Churches in Indonesia

1. Gereja Katerdral Jakarta, Jakarta

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St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, locally known as Gereja Katerdal Jakarta, is an elegant Roman Catholic church that stands 60m tall opposite Istiqlal Mosque which signifies Indonesia's secularism. Its metal spires can be well seen from several kilometers. This beautiful church is neo-gothic in its architectural style which the visitors find most attractive. The two storeyed church is reminiscent of the Dutch period which can be seen in the religious museum.

2. St Joseph Cathedral, Pontianak

St Joseph Cathedral is a catholic church located in the city of Pontianak. The church is under the pastoral responsibility of Archbishop Agustinus Agus. The most impressive part of this church is the architecture, the wooden carvings and a giant statue in front of the church. Established in 1908, the St Joseph Cathedral is also known as Pontianak Cathedral. Due to less room for parishioners, the church was demolished in 2011. It was further rebuilt in 2014 and is now one of the largest cathedrals in the region.

3. Blenduk Church, Semarang

Blenduk Church has remained as Semarang's heritage for hundreds of years now. The original name for this church is GPIB Immanuel Church (Protestant Church of Western Indonesia). It is often referred to as 'Blenduk' because of its semi-circle dome. Established in the year 1753, the Blenduk Church is a Protestant church in Semarang. Renovated thrice from the time, the Blenduk Church was built in 2004 with a congregation of 200 families.

4. Palasari Church, Bali

The Palasari Church is a catholic church which was designed by Ida Bagus Tugur and built by Simon Buis. Although the church was wholly constructed by 1955, it was initiated in 1958. Set on a large town, Palasari Church is mainly built with white stone. The architecture of this church is unique as it is a mix of Gothic style and Balinese style. Even the interior and relics from statues, altar, cross, and carvings all reflect this stunning combination. Located at the centre of the village, the church hosts a range of festivals.

5. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni , Medan

Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is a Marian shrine in Medan, Indonesia. The construction of this church took over four years and was completed on the 1st of October 2005. Named as Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni, it is the only shrine apart from India built in Indo-Mogul style in dedication to Our Lady of Good Health. Translated to "home" or "shrine" in Sanskrit, the Graha is two floors high and has a small seven-floor tower built in the Indonesian style.

6. Kepanjen Church, Surabaya

Kepanjen Church is known initially as Gereja Katolik Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria (Church of the Birth of Our Lady). But since the church is located on Kepanjen street, it is known as Gereja Kepanjen or Kepanjen Church. This Roman Catholic church was completed in the year 1899 and is one of the oldest churches in Surabaya. Kepanjen Church is still open for visitors and is being used for religious purposes and services.

7. Pohsarang Church, Kediri

Pohsarang Church is located on the slopes of Mount Wilis, at the height of about 400 metres above the sea level. This old church had built by Ir. Heendricus Maclaine in the year 1931. This church remains as one of the most beautiful heritages of Kediri city. Hundreds of people travel to Pohsarang Church for the religious experience it offers. Pilgrims flood the area, especially on Thursday nights where a common prayer is held at the church; which was founded during the Dutch era.

8. Santo Fransiskus Asisi Church

An architect named F.Kosman built Santo Fransiskus Asisi church, and it was inaugurated in the year 1975. This small church still welcomes its visitors and conducts services as well.

Churches of Indonesia are really beautiful. These churches are really worth the visit for its exquisite architecture.

This post was published by Muhammed Salih

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