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Catacomb Church, Coober Pedy

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No ordinary stop on your tour of the region, Catacomb Church was dug out of sandstone in the shape of a cross. A quiet place of meditation and prayer, the church provides a regular Sunday service for about 40 worshippers from nine different denominations. Simply adorned, the interior of the church is natural rock, coated with a special sealant to prevent dust from settling over the lectern and communion table. The temperature inside this unusual church is about 25 C (77 F) all year long, providing a pleasant environment for visitors eager to experience a bit of peace and quiet off the well-beaten tourist track. Plan to visit Catacomb Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Coober Pedy attractions using our Coober Pedy vacation route planner.
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  • We found this church most interesting and enjoyed learning all about its history and construction for the friendly volunteer on duty .  more »
  • It was a unique setting for an informal service and the people were friendly and welcoming. The cross and pulpit were made from local trees.  more »
  • Friendly local lady explained the history of this church and how it had evolved over time. A great example of the CP locals adapting to their environment and their ingenuity.  more »
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  • Its ok to see.
  • Seems to be a few underground churches. This one is pretty good!
  • In the time when Christianity was illegal in Rome, God's people literally gathered underground. But in Coober Pedy, South Australia, living underground is better in summer and winter. Our dugout (it's been dug - out of the hill) varies in temperature from 22-26 degrees. It can reach zero in winter overnight, and often 40s in mid-summer. God's people still gather underground to read His word, give thanks for his salvation, and pray for our needs. Our reliance is built on solid rock, and the existence of a church into the solid rock is symbolic of that firm foundation found in Christ crucified. Worth a look on any day of the week, and is open 24 hours a day. But please turn the lights off when you leave, day or night.
  • Such a cool church! Everything is located underground!
  • A Must see.

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