Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)

Attraction Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma DKI Jakarta 10710 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
05:00 AM - 11:00 AM
08:00 AM
09:30 AM
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Architecture
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Istiqlal Mosque, or Masjid Istiqlal is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and has the highest capacity. The mosque is positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral.

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Why Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal) is special ?

Located at Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma in Central Jakarta, on the north eastern corner of the Merdeka Square, the Istiqlal Mosque stands out with its 45m diameter dome and tall minarets. Standing almost right across the old Catholic Church at the corner of Jalan Lapangan Banteng, the Istiqlal mosque was designed in 1954 by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect from North Sumatra. The idea for the need of a national mosque was inspired by Muslim leader KH Wahid Hashim and executed by Cokro Aminoto, then minister for religious affairs. Istiqlal meaning ‘Independence’, is a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national Independence. Its 17 years construction was personally supervised by President Soekarno.


The mosque has a large rectangular prayer hall with a 45 meter diameter dome supported by 12 round columns, and has 4 levels of balconies. Its interior is mostly simple.


In his brief 18 hours visit to Indonesia on 9th and 10th. November 2010, US President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a special visit to the Istiqlal mosque. An aside note which the President heard from the leader of the mosque, and which he relayed to the press, was that during Christmas mass, the mosque’s parking lot is used by the Cathedral’s congregation across the road. And vice-versa during Ied prayers.


Later President Obama praised the Istiqlal Mosque as a symbol of religious tolerance which characterizes Indonesia and Indonesians, inspiring the world.


Source: http://indonesia.travel/

What to explore at Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)?

The rectangular main prayer hall building is covered by a 45 meter diameter central spherical dome. The dome is supported by twelve round columns and the prayer hall is surrounded by rectangular piers carrying four levels of balcony. Staircases at the corners of the building give access to all floors. The main hall is reached through an entrance covered by a dome 10 meters in diameter. The interior design is minimalist, simple and clean cut, with minimal adornment of aluminium geometric ornaments. The 12 columns are covered with aluminium plates. On the main wall on qibla there is a mihrab and minbar in the center. On the main wall, there is a large metalwork of Arabic calligraphy spelling the name of Allah on the right side and Muhammad on the left side, and also the calligraphy of Surah Thaha 14th verse in the center.

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How to get to Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)?

The grand Istiqlal Mosque of Jakarta is easy to reach since it is near the Gambir Train Station. To get here from the Sukarno-Hatta international airport, You can use public transportation such as "Metromini" or Transjakarta bus in direction to Gambir .From Gambir you can use motorbike taxi commonly known as "ojek", or,if you prefered to, you can walk to this mosque.

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
105.45 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma DKI Jakarta 10710 Indonesia

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  • Feel free to ask the guard at the entrance or other officer for information or to show you around for they will gladly tell alot about the mosque.
    Things to do
  • There are the usual activities after pray times given by good and well educated clerics.
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  • Tourists are given guided tour by English speaking volunteer
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  • As any other mosque, you must take off your shoes/slippers before you enter the main area.
    Rule
  • Best to wear long pants...
    What to wear
  • The mosque is positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral.
    Things nearby
  • There's a small gift shop within the mosque area where you can buy souvenirs with reasonable price.
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See the great courtyards, the main hall that can accommodate around 16,000 worshippers, and the prayer hall that could be seen by non-Muslim visitors from the upper floors.

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Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. This national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence. The construction took 17 years to complete (1961-1978).

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Pray, pray, pray

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Pada 10 November, 2010, Presiden Obama dan Ibu Negara Michelle Obama berkunjung ke Masjid Istiqlal untuk tur special dalam rangkaian kunjungan ke Indonesia.

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I like masjid istiqlal.,

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The mosque is really big,if you see from the front,the mosque looks ordinary but when you go inside,the place is so beautiful. So many tourists come to this place. This mosque is one of the biggest mosque in Indonesia. When you go here make sure to wear appropriate clothes at least the top has sleeves and the bottom under your knees.

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beautiful religious structure. view from the first hotel we looked at the mosque and the cathedral. one to the other are constructed. definitely worth a visit. huge buildings. with a white facade. I certainly recommend to visit for people who love to visit religious places.

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When we arrived at the Mosque we were invited by one of the employees that also showed us aroung. It was not prayer time so the Mosque was empty except for a lot of women who led a whole lot of children around. While the mosque itself is pretty huge, we finished the tour after about 10 minutes. There is no pretty art or something like that. At least we didn´t see any.After the tour the guide asked us for a donation for the mosque. But he stopped my hand when I was about to slip a bill into the donation box and took the bill himself. When he thought we were not looking he put it into his own pocket. I hope Allah didn´t see!

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The mosque is really big,if you see from the front,the mosque looks ordinary but when you go inside,the place is so beautiful. So many tourists come to this place. This mosque is one of the biggest mosque in Indonesia. When you go here make sure to wear appropriate clothes at least the top has sleeves and the bottom under your knees.

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Surrounding the Monument area, you will find some important sites, such as Presidential Palace, Governor's Office, Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta's Cathedral.

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