Mosques in Indonesia

Religious

Mosques are the most important places for Muslims and Indonesia being predominantly a Muslim country has some of the most beautiful mosques in the world.

Here is the list of 8 Mosques in Indonesia

1. Dian Al-Mahri Mosque

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Dian Al-Mahri Mosque is better known as the Golden Dome Mosque, located in West Java. The mosque complex is a fusion of Arabic, Persian and Indian architectures, hence attracting scores of tourists here to witness the unique blend and learn more about the fascinating heritage of the place. Its dazzling domes have been compared to that of the Taj Mahal in India, making it a popular tourist destination.

2. Soko Tunggal Mosque

Soko Tunggal translates to 'one pillar'. It was named so because it takes the support of only one pillar for the roof while usually the roof is supported with at least four pillars. The inner part of the mosque contains a lot of carvings, each with an interesting meaning behind.

3. Rahmatan Lil' Alamin Mosque

Rahmatan Lil' Alamin translates to 'blessing for the whole world and its content.' This mosque is considered to be the most majestic and historical mosque in Indonesia. It has seven floors, and the top floor alone can hold nearly 4000 people.

4. Demak Great Mosque

Located in the centre of town Demak, The Demak Great Mosque was built by the Wali Songo (Nine Muslim Saints). The mosque was constructed from timber and walls of this mosque contain Vietnamese ceramics and Javanese wood carving. Built in the 15th century, it is a classic example of a Javanese Mosque.

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5. Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque

Cheng Ho Mosque was built for the Muslim Chinese people and the name of this mosque is dedicated to Muslim Chinese Admiral Zheng He. Established in 2002, the mosque is mostly red, yellow and green, with its design resembling that of a temple. The mosque can hold up to 200 people. Cheng Ho Mosque is known for beautiful vibrant colours and the architecture.

6. Al Irsyad Mosque

Also known as Ridwan Kamil Mosque, this mosque was uniquely designed to blend with nature. The mosque is in the shape of a cube and has no dome. The walls of this mosque were constructed using stacked stones to withstand any disaster. The stacked stones allow the air to flow naturally in and out of the mosque. Located in the centre of Bandung, this mosque has to capacity to accommodate nearly 1000 people.

7. Menara Kudus Mosque

Menara Kudus Mosque is also known as Al-Aqsha Mosque. Built during the 1540s, this mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia. The architecture of this mosque resembles ancient Hindhu-Buddhist work, decorated with Vietnamese ceramics ornaments.

8. Masjid Amirul Mukminin Mosque

Built on sea the Masjid Amirul Mukminin Mosque gives a floating during high tides, which brings it the name the 'floating mosque' of Indonesia. The mosque is small but is constructed with beautiful architecture which can hold nearly 500 people. The environment around this mosque is considered holy and stress-relieving.

Mosques are holy places of worship for Muslims, as a visitor and traveler make sure you adhere to the Islamic traditions and cultures when you visit. But also don't forget to marvel at the beauty of man-made structures, the architecture of the mosques.

This post was published by Muhammed Salih

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