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If you visit Jakarta, don’t forget visit to large mosque that stood
firmly on the north side of Monas Square, Istiqlal Mosque. Istiqlal
Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, Indonesia Mosque of
pride for Indonesian people as the nation’s expression of gratitude to
the gods for successfully fighting for the independence of Indonesia
‘Istiqlal’ comes from Arabic meaning of independence. The word used
as a sense of gratitude for the gift of independence after long period
of colonization. Istiqlal Mosque began in 1961 and completed in 1978.
Starting at the time of President Sukarno and was launched during
President Soeharto. After take about 17 years, then stood Istiqlal
Mosque in 3 hectares area. The building consists of mosques, parks,
parking lot, the fountains and rivers that surround the parking area of
mosque. While the mosque buildings consists of main building,
preliminary building, giant porch, tower and ground floor. Main building
consists of main floor that serves to pray with 16,000 people capacity.
On the left, right and back of the mosque there is five-story floor
that can accommodate 61,000 people pilgrims.
This building has 12 large pillars as symbols birth date of Prophet
Muhammad. The pillars supporting giant dome with 45 m diameters. Behind
main building there is preliminary building that serves as a liaison to
floor above. On top of the spire where Adzan is made of stainless steel
weighing 28 tons with height of 30 m. While the ground floor under the
main building there is giant introductory and terrace.
Uniquely architect of Istiqlal mosque was a christian, Frederich
Silaban. This is simply illustrates that Indonesia is a nation that
upholds religious tolerance. Until now, the architecture has not changed
since the mosque was first built and becomes the purpose of visiting by
local and foreign tourists.