Blenduk Church (Gereja Blenduk)


Semarang’s Blenduk Church is the oldest Church in Central Java and has become an icon of Semarang. This Church more famous as Gereja Blenduk located in Jalan Letjen Soeprapto in Semarang.

Dressy of Neo-classic, this building see so captivate and uppermost among existing building around it. Building situation of frontal to Jl. Suari so called Kerk Straat (Jalan Gereja). Facing to South, this two floors building have height of floor which much the same to high by way in front of it. Foundation used is stone and structure system from brick. Its wall is made from brick as thick as one stone. Dome-shaped building roof with metal coat as its cover. Under or tip of dome there are light hole illuminating wide room.

At east side, building south and west, there are dressy portico of Dorik Romawi. Two tower reside in frontage, symmetrical in left and right. Under the litle dome there are two clock. Entrance represent double door of wood panel. Float of door in form of curve, and so it is with sill of window. There are two window type, first, double window have leaf of krepyak, both, colourful solder glass window which so typically. A ex- air-gap of Parade Plein in eastside building, adding idiosyncrasy of this Church, from this room we are served by many interesting and different viewpoint.

This Protestant Church in Semarang was built by the Dutch community way back in 1753. Since then, every Sunday, the Gereja Blenduk comes alive to the sound of hymns and prayers. In 1894 Semarang’s Gereja Blenduk Church underwent extensive renovation, under the guidance of W. Westmaas and H.P.A de Wilde, this church represent inheritance of Dutch. Referred as church of Blenduk because its dome form which like slice of ball, so people tell ‘mblenduk’. Occupying areal for the width of 400 m², this building in form of trapeze ( hexagonal) with display in the form of foursquare rooms side and length side in form of Greek crucifix.

It's Interior form entirely distinguish Dutch decorated by arranged plant while at balcony have form beauty of unique interior. As one of the ancient building in Old Town environment, this building can visit every day.

The architecture of the Gereja Blenduk Church is very interesting feature so that invite every tourist to visiting Semarang. Blenduk means “dome” and the large copper dome of this beautiful church is one of its very notable features.

Besides, the Gereja Blenduk in Semarang has other features characteristic of 18th architecture. The ground plan of this Church is structured on a Greek cross. It also has four pillars and a beautiful classical portico. When in 1894, the Church was being renovated the beauty of this Church was enhanced by the addition of two towers in front of it.

The interiors of the Gereja Blenduk Church are original and haven’t ever been tampered with. You can still see the chairs used by the original congregation. A huge organ in the baroque style of the 18th century will capture your attention, as soon as you enter the Church.This organ is really fascinating because it goes back to the 18th century. It can neither be restored nor is it working and it remains as a silent spectator to the Church’s glorious history. Note the iron stairs that lead straight up to the organ specially constructed by Pletterji Den Haag.

Once you’re done admiring the oldest Church in Central Java, you can tour other buildings nearby built in Dutch colonial times that are equally worth a visit.

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