Puh Sarang Church : Rich of Javanese Architecture, Kediri, East Java, Indonesia

Puh Sarang Church is located at Puh Sarang Village, Semen, Kediri Regensy, East Java. This church has been catholic pilgrimage site, built in 1926 by an architect and anthropologist that respected Majapahit culture, The architecture is a blend of Hindu, European and Javanese style.
Puh Sarang is a name of village, 10 km south east of Kediri, seems like Kepuh tree is the origin of the village name derives. It lieson the slope of Mt Klotok, Mt Wilis complex, with cold weather and very rocky surrounding. A creek pass the village, and it is full of stones that stone mining is the main occupation of the locals beside farming.

Puh Sarang is very unique in architecture, as it resembles Javanese Hindu Temples in Central or East Java, as propaganda endeavor of Pastor Wolters CM that was faboured by Ir. Henricus Maclaine Pont. The later mentioned was an anthropologist that made research in Trowulan Majapahit Site, no wonder that this church is thick of majapahit architecture.

Physically, the church has been developed as church purchased local lands. This church complex is completed with plaza to contemplate that can accommodate thousand of people. Also replica of Golgota cross. Pilgrims come here to visit beautiful Maria Cave.

This church has been renovated for 4 times, in 1955, 1974, 1985 and 1999, until now the church is used and in a good condition.

This church has an exterior that might look like a ship that attaches to mountain-like building. Other charm is maria cave with its statue with height of 3.5 meters, made in 1999, resembles one in Lourdes. Every Thursday night, people come here to meditate, and on holiday, not only Christians that visit here.