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Central Jakarta’s Historic Churches

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Within a radius of two kilometres in Central Jakarta, three historic churches, each of a different denomination sit within walking distance of Southeast Asia’s largest mosque and provide a simple reminder that Indonesia is a diverse multi-faith society, home to more than 26 million Christians despite it often being referred to as a Muslim nation.

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Opposite Istiqlal Mosque, the Catholic cathedral officially Gereja Santa Perawan Maria Diangkat Ke Surga (Saint Mary of the Assumption), but more commonly known as “Gereja Katedral Jakarta” was completed in 1901 replacing earlier structures from 1810 and 1890. Prior to the early 19th century Catholicism was banned by the ruling Dutch in Indonesia, but political changes in Europe at that time, saw a new openness and the building of Catholic churches in the colonies and what had been a secret practice in some homes was now ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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