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Semarang Guide : Goa Maria Kerep

This, is not exactly a Semarangan travel spot, to be honest… It is located at Ambarawa, a small town not too far from Semarang, probably two hours far by car or so. But this place is where a lot of Semarang citizen went to on short holidays. Gua Maria Kerep is not only a religious traveling spot (as it was actually a place where Catholics can pray) but now it also has been a recreation place for families.

Gua Maria Kerep is located 500 meters from Terminal Ambarawa, it is quite far from the main road, so it is really quiet and peaceful. For it is located on the Β mountain, the air is really fresh and you can have the view of Telomoyo mountain, Merbabu mountain and Rawa Pening lake.

the road in front of Gua Maria Kerep
the road in front of Gua Maria Kerep

There is also a traditional market across the front gate (picture right side) where they sold candles, flowers, books, and also foods.

You can enter Gua Maria Kerep for free, but there are also donation boxes if you want to donates some πŸ˜€

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people are praying

There are also Via Dolorosa mock-up, a chapel, and, the highlight of my trip last December, the garden. This garden is not a normal garden, it is telling the story of Jesus’s lifetime. Starting from the baptism of Jesus in Jordan to the resurrection of Jesus. This garden is also filled with many plants, mostly tropical plants, with their names pasted on a piece of wood nearby each of them.

my aunt is actually living on a wheelchair, but she is doing just fine going around the garden
my aunt is actually living on a wheelchair, but she is doing just fine going around the garden
this is where we start
this is where we start

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here is Jordan
here is Jordan

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and here is Kana
and here is Kana

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where Jesus turned water into the finest grape drinks
where Jesus turned water into the finest grape drinks

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this is where the disciples caught many fishes after His instruction
this is where the disciples caught many fishes after His instruction
the garden is so big, and look at that sky
the garden is so big, and look at that sky

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the resurrection of Jesus
the resurrection of Jesus

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the one behind Zac is the tomb of Jesus
the one behind Zac is the tomb of Jesus

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the building is the toilet and here they use the water from the mountain

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and oh this is where Jesus had 5000 men listening to him and where they shared 5 breads and 2 fishes between them

Anyway, whether you’re going to pray there or not, the garden is a really good place to go. And after the long walk, you can eat the foods from the market, they have delicious Sate Ayam πŸ˜€

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9 thoughts on “Semarang Guide : Goa Maria Kerep

  1. bagus banget ya tempatnya. ada patung2nya pula. termasuk yang Yesus dipermandikan di sungai Jordan. keren!
    kok dulu pas gua masih sering ke semarang gak pernah ada yang ngajakin kemari ya… hahaha

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    1. iya ko hehehehe
      garden nya baru jadi sekitar taun 2007 an sih, sebelomnya yg ke sana emang cuma yang mau doa hehe tp emang sayang banget kalo udah ke semarang ngga ke sini πŸ˜€

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        1. iya hehehe
          dulu sih udah rame kan peziarah banyak yg ke sana, kalo wisata rohani jg rombongan banyak (soalnya ada maket via dolorosanya), tapi berkat ada gardennya sekarang jadi tambah banyak wisatawannya hahaha

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