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“The Grand Old Dame of Semarang”
Review of Blenduk Church

Blenduk Church
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“The Grand Old Dame of Semarang”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Built by the Dutch in 1753, this beautiful Protestant church still stands magnificently in brilliant white in the old town area of Semarang. The building is strikingly attractive with a large copper-skinned dome in the middle and flanked by two clock towers on either side of its main entrance.

If you think the exterior exudes so much grandeur, the well-kept interior would bowl you over, especially the heavy wooden doors, stained glass, old dark timber, a very rare piano & even a cast iron spiral staircase leading to the music stage upstairs. The pews are actually made of individual antique wooden-framed rattan chairs arranged in neat rows on the ground & upper floors, thus giving it a theatre-like arrangement. There is a unique pulpit which sits on a raised wooden platform & seems like hung from the wall (see attached pictures)

This splendid heritage has been very well preserved and attracts not only foreign tourists but also local visitors, photography buffs, wedding groups and also because of its excellent condition, still holds regular church services for its Protestant community. Gereja Blenduk is a must-see for any visitor to Semarang.

Visited March 2012
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bali
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18 attraction reviews
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“nice building , old church”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

located near the tawang trail station on old city of semarang . This christian church worth to visit if you at semarang. Many wedding couple use it for pre wedding foto also.

They have an old orgel ( piano ) and said only several left in the world.

Visited November 2011
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 attraction reviews
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“Unique Church”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

this is one of many buildings i planned to see whenever i visit Semarang and finally i came here..
located in an old city of Semarang, surrounded by old buildings
i visited on Sunday, no service at that time but outside many young people who learn photography was there and they were busy taking pictures and blocked my view for taking photos too

i like and enjoyed the architecture, one of the finest buildings in Semarang

Visited May 2012
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Thank TariSu
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Bogor
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58 reviews
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“Bruges in Tropical Climate”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Located in the Old City of Semarang. Gereja Blenduk displayed great scene for flash-back moment and brought out the old memory of new era (1950-1960). and it could be a lot better scene if area around Gereja Blenduk is well managed.

Visited September 2011
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“In the Old city”
Reviewed April 26, 2012 via mobile

The building seen not as a church, this Place attracted people to take their photo using this place as background

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