TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria on Friday said the government is preparing plans to conduct complete renovation work on a number of mosques and churches as the capital was planning to establish a "religious tourism" area.
“The programs for religious areas are being formulated,” said the Deputy Governor at Jakarta’s City Hall on Friday, October 23.
Riza Patria said that he looked forward to the establishment of the religious tourism areas as they were potentially an untapped tourism sector that would help boost local economy.
The Deputy Governor said the houses of worship that would be renovated included the Immanuel Church in Central Jakarta that was built in 1835 and designed by J.H. Horst; the Luar Batang Mosque in North Jakarta’s Penjaringan area, which is home to the final resting place of Al Habib Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus.
The Al Alam Mosque located in Marunda, Cilincing, North Jakarta, is reportedly among the ancient mosques that will be included on the list. This mosque is believed to be first built in the 16th century.
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