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.
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