Jakarta's Top Religious Sites (Self Guided), Jakarta

Indonesia has six official religions: Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Most of these faiths began here during the country’s colonial times. Thanks to the city’s religious diversity, Jakarta is home to a large number of wonderful churches, temples and mosques that a visitor can admire on this tour.
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Jakarta's Top Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Jakarta's Top Religious Sites
Guide Location: Indonesia » Jakarta (See other walking tours in Jakarta)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Klenteng Sentiong
  • Vihara Maha Vira Graha
  • Vihara Tri Ratna
  • Pniel Gereja Ayam
  • Gereja Katedral (Cathedral Church)
  • Istiqlal Mosque
Klenteng Sentiong

1) Klenteng Sentiong

The Klenteng Sentiong is a beautiful temple that combines Dutch and Indonesian styles across its two floors. Attended by both Buddhists and Hindus, the temple has many statues from both faiths.
Vihara Maha Vira Graha

2) Vihara Maha Vira Graha

Vihara Maha Vira Graha is a richly decorated Buddhist temple with many sculptures, pictures and other religious pieces inside. Many locals come here to pray and meditate. The temple also has a library and clinic open to all.
Vihara Tri Ratna

3) Vihara Tri Ratna

The Vihara Tri Ratna is a 300-year-old Buddhist temple. Dedicated to the deities Thi Cong Wong Pho Sat and Kuan Yin, it is designed to symbolize the three dimensions of past, present, and future. Many locals come to visit the special prayer room here.
Pniel Gereja Ayam

4) Pniel Gereja Ayam

The Pniel Gereja Ayam is a Dutch Protestant Church designed by architects Cuypers and Hulswit. Established in 1915, it was first known locally as the New Church before being dubbed the Chicken Church after the figure on its roof.
Gereja Katedral (Cathedral Church)

5) Gereja Katedral (Cathedral Church) (must see)

Jakarta Cathedral Church or Gereja Santa Maria Pelindung Diangkat Ke Surga (the Church of Our Lady of Assumption) is a Catholic Cathedral built in neo-classical style. Located near the Merdeka Palace, at No. Jl.Katedral. 2, the Cathedral is an elegant, yet grandiose establishment featuring cast iron steeples, red brick body, teak wood shelter and stone pillars in Roman styles. It measures 60 meters in height and 10 in width, with an extension of 5 meters on each aisle.

The cathedral was finished in 1901, after a decade of halts due mainly to financial problems. Labeled as the largest and most beautiful Christian establishment in Indonesia, the Cathedral is beautifully decorated with paintings and religious sculptures. Above the main entrance, there is a round, colored glass décor symbolizing Virgin Mary. A large Neo-Gothic style organ decorates the southern side of the cathedral.

The building is divided into two stories: the ground floor is dedicated to masses and religious events, while the second floor, originally designed to hold the choir, hosts a small religious museum. Visitors can admire here robes, religious books and relics of the Catholic rituals. In the back of the church there is a small candle factory which can also be visited.
Istiqlal Mosque

6) Istiqlal Mosque (must see)

Boasting the world's most numerous community of Muslims (90% of the country’s population declared Islam as their religion), Indonesia is also home to the largest Mosque in the South East Asia. The Istiqlal Mosque was built between 1961 and 1978, after a project designed by Frederich Silaban, whose main theme was Ketuhanan or Divinity.

The Mosque was raised as a sign of gratitude for God’s help in obtaining Indonesia’s independence, hence its name, Istuqlal, which means “Independence” in Arabic.

Located in the city center, almost opposite the National Cathedral, the Mosque is also meant to be a symbol of peace and religious tolerance. Both monuments are placed near Merdeka Square, suggesting a total harmony between the mundane and the spiritual world.

An architectonic masterpiece, the Mosque can accommodate approx. 120,000 people in all praying areas. The building features 5 stories, a praying area covered with a 45m dome and a main entrance covered with a 10m dome. The minaret is 90 meters high and it is entirely covered in white marble. When not fully occupied, the praying areas are meant for religious lessons and instruction. Apart from the praying areas, the Mosque also features numerous bazaars, spaces for conferences and religious events. During Ramadan, pilgrims receive meals and accommodation inside the Mosque.

Visitors can admire the marble-covered exterior from different parts of the city, but can also take a tour of the Mosque. Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed inside the main praying hall, though.

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