Pohsarang, the pilgrimage of spiritualism

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6 Sept 2006
Pohsarang Church is a catholic church in Kediri, Indonesia built by H. Mclaine Pont in the 1930’s, located right at the slope of mount Wilis. The church is unique, in every way.

Entering Pohsarang, like entering a temple complex, with many stones. The area around this church complex is indeed the producer of building stones, which is having long, round shape. This was likely the thing inspired the Dutch architect who has an awareness of local architecture and culture context, also to the potential of the surrounding area.

The journey inside the Pohsarang Church complex was welcomed by the unique church, with church bells and all catholic stuff, including statues.

The unique thing about the church was; the ‘down to earth feeling’ which is amazing, humble in a language we could use. Not big, tall and typical catholic churches, this church embrace all the potential and context of the area, including the use of gamelan (traditional Javanese music instrument) for the church music.


foto: Probo Hindarto

We can not show many photos, due to some limitations when visiting the place, but we are sure, you can find many literature that will make you want to visit the site. But we suggest, if you go to East Java, don’t forget to visit the church to add your spatial experience.

Inside, there are dioramas in size bigger than human picturing ‘the road of the Cross’ (sorry if we’re wrong to translate this) which is a very interesting object to appreciate, aside of whatever religion (or atheism) you have. This diorama show the meaning of what the Catholic people believe. The whole area is actually ‘a theme park’ of catholic spiritualism.


foto: Probo Hindarto


Altar Gereja
Sumber gambar: The Wilds of East Java, Indonesia Government Tourism Service, 1993


Sumber gambar: The Wilds of East Java, Indonesia Government Tourism Service, 1993


Sumber gambar: The Wilds of East Java, Indonesia Government Tourism Service, 1993


Sumber gambar: The Wilds of East Java, Indonesia Government Tourism Service, 1993

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