Indonesia’s biggest and oldest religious community in the country, the Christian Temples of Jakarta and Surabaya, will open to the general public this weekend.
In a ceremony attended by the head of the Indonesia-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in Indonesia, the country’s top church official, and members of the Indonesian government, Indonesia’s Supreme Court ruled that the temple’s owners will be allowed to reopen.
“The owners of the Temples will not be able to discriminate on the basis of religion and will be able also to serve food and drink,” said the head, the Rev. Wajah Laje, as he signed a decree allowing the Temple to reopen, which was signed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Tengku Prabowo.
The decision was issued on December 6 by the Supreme Judicial Council, the institution in charge of implementing laws.
The court also ruled that Indonesia’s highest court can not impose religious requirements.
The Temples are among the most sacred sites in Indonesia and have been the subject of several religious conflicts in recent years.
In 2014, the Church of Indonesia, an umbrella organization for the various Christian denominations in Indonesia including the Church, Apostolic Church of Jakarta, Evangelical Church of Surabya, and Church of Islam, sued the government to block plans to build a mosque in the temple grounds.
In response, the Jakarta government refused to sell the land for the mosque.
The Christian Temple was built in 1868, when the first Christian mission arrived in Indonesia.
The Temple, built in the 1870s, is the oldest Christian religious complex in the world, dating back to the 6th century.
In 2015, the Supreme Courts’ decision overturned the case, ruling that the religious requirement was unconstitutional.
The temple’s first congregation, about 30,000 people, were baptized in the building in the late 18th century and converted to Christianity in the early 20th century, when it was converted into a mosque.
In 2018, the Apostolic Christians’ Association of Indonesia asked the Indonesian Parliament to overturn the court’s ruling.
The government has yet to comment on the issue.
In addition to the Tempey Temple, the church has three other temples in Indonesia: the Temple of the Mother of God in Pahang, and the Tempranac Temple in Surabay, which are also both located in the same area of the country.
The country is one of the largest countries in the region with more than 2.7 million Christian adherents, according to Pew Research Center data.
The country’s overall religious makeup is 70 percent Christian, 14 percent Muslim and 7 percent other religions.