Batak Christian Church, Tomok, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Indonesia

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Comments (16)

ƤōƝƓ on August 14, 2010

Lovely close up, Ian. I can still feel the dramatic landscape in the background. If there were no motorbikes, this could almost be taken in NZ.

jeff_msn123 on August 14, 2010

Beautiful composition. Amazing shot.

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

matsljungberg on August 15, 2010

Good photo with the background. Greetings, Mats.

Sigurtor Holm on August 15, 2010

beautiful church. Have a happy week ahead. Greetings Sig.

Ian Stehbens on August 16, 2010

Dear Ah-Pong and Sig,

You have noticed the difference between Thailand and New Zealand, I recognize!! Yes with such Western European architecture before a volcanic landscape it could be out of New Zealand - ah but those Asian motor cycles are there.

Perhaps I should hasten to reply to Sig now, for if it weren't for the species of tropical trees it could be Iceland with the juxtaposition of Christian architecture and dramatic volcanic backdrop!

Warm greetings to you both,


Ian Stehbens on August 16, 2010

Dear Mats and Jeff,

I appreciate your affirmations on the composition and the subject. Thank you for your kindness and friendship.


Achiper on August 16, 2010

Beautiful church and very nice shot.

Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2010

Thanks Achiper. I appreciate your affirmation. Best wishes,


sugarbag1 on August 18, 2010

Hello Ian. This is a nice one.. So different to the Rusian Orthordox Churches we see here on Panoramio. Very nice indeed. Like, Kind REgards, David

Ian Stehbens on August 19, 2010

Dear David,

There is much more German and Dutch protestant influence here in the Christian architecture. Glad you find this appealing.

All the best, my friend.


Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Thank you indeed, Marian. It is a very special and unique place.

All the best,


juan carlos Barros on November 26, 2010

Hermosas tus fotos.. esta me gusto. saludos desde San Rafael Mendoza - Republica Argentina.. LIKE para esta foto.

Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2010

Thanks Juan Carlos. This church is on the island of Samosir in Lake Toba, Indonesia. It is in quite a dramatic location, so it is an impressive scene.

If you have some spare time, I'd be willing to help you repaint the red roof on the steeple!! It is overdue for a repaint!!!

Warm regards from Sydney.


kevin mcvay on April 10, 2011

what a challenge. Great work!

Ian Stehbens on April 11, 2011

Thank you for your response, Shalom57.

Shalom - Salaam - Grace.


Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2012

You are an encourager, Carlos. Thanks for the appreciation of this image.

This Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (Batak Protestant Christian Church) is located on Samosir Island in Lake Toba. It is a stunning area. The landscape is majestic, and the culture distinctive.


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Photo taken in Jl. Pulau Samosir, Tomok, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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