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Ganjuran Church, Bantul

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, also known as the Ganjuran Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ganjuran, Bantul, Java, Indonesia. It is the oldest church in its administrative regency.The church was established on 16 April 1924 by the Schmutzer family, who owned a sugar factory in the area. From a total of 25 Catholics in the area in 1922, the congregation has expanded to 8,000 in 2011. The building has seen many modifications, including a reconstruction after the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake. Much critical commentary has been made on its Javanese design, and the church continues to include Javanese culture in its liturgy.DescriptionGanjuran Church is located in Ganjuran, Bambanglipuro, Bantul, south of Yogyakarta. It is built on of land and in addition to the church has a parking lot, temple (candi), dormitory for pastors, and other maintenance buildings., its total congregation is 8,000, consisting mostly of farmers, merchants, and labourers.The main church building is a joglo and is decorated with of traditional Javanese carvings, including parallelograms known as wajikan and wooden pineapples. The altar features angels dressed as wayang orang characters. Because of this architecture, the Dutch scholar of Indonesia M. C. Ricklefs has described the church at Ganjuran as perhaps one of the most dramatic manifestations of the Catholic Church's accommodations of Javanese culture, while the scholars Jan S. Aritonang and Karel A. Steenbrink described the church as "the most spectacular product of... European guided indigenous art".
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  • The Church has always been that I've longed for when to Yogyakarta, in addition to comfortable with green tree birds are getting makes me happy for rapt.
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  • A quiet atmosphere is very supportive to pray n contemplate to the creator, clean, comfortable, good infrastructure, easily reached from Jogja, favorite place for pilgrimage
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  • Quite and peaceful place. My favorite is in front of the temple. Came to pay tribute to my late grandparents buried nearby. But can not resist to pray in front of the statue of Jesus in Javanesse styl...  more »

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