Gereja Ayam ,the Chicken Church of Java

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Gereja Ayam  is a place of worship in Magelang, on the island of Java, Central Java, Indonesia.

The building was erected in the 1990s by Daniel Alamsjah, who claimed to have been inspired by God in one of his dreams in 19892. Although Alamsjah is a Christian, he wanted Gereja Ayam to be a place of worship for followers. of any religion, for prayer or meditation. Paris Match noted in 2015 that “people of different religions such as Buddhists, Muslims and Christians come to worship their divinity in the house of prayer”
Although the structure was built to take the shape of a dove, it has been given many names such as Chicken Church, Bird Church, or Pigeon Hill.
Since the building was never completed, it is in poor condition today. The walls are unpainted, weather and vandalism cause major damage. As a result of various appearances in several films, the church has achieved a level of notoriety and is now a tourist attraction.

Access : Coordinates: -7.605694, 110.1805 / Chicken Church is a place of worship located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The building is located not far from Borobudur.

Highlights :

  • The building was erected in the 1990s by Daniel Alamsjah, who claimed to have been inspired by God in one of his dreams in 19892. Although Alamsjah is a Christian, he wanted Gereja Ayam to be a place of worship for followers. of any religion, for prayer or meditation.
  • Due to financial difficulties and local resistance, construction was never completed: it was halted in 2000, and the building was left derelict. Despite this, with the rise of tourism to Indonesia in the 2010s, the place has become frequented by tourists, and by couples looking to either take wedding photographs or get married there.
  • The location of the Chicken Church itself is called by Daniel Alamsyah as the Bukit Rhema Tourism Area. There is a cafe at the tail of the Chicken Church building called Kedai Rakyat W’dank Bukit Rhema.
  • There are 7 floors in the Chicken Church where each floor has a different function.

Go next : The villages, Karangrejo and Kembanglimus in Borobudur District / Borobudur — an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and temple complex.

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