5 Great Mosques in Indonesia

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Indonesia hosts some of the most unique, most spectacular and most beautiful mosques in the world. From the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, to remnants of a glorious past, from a silent witness to nature’s fury, to a testament of religious tolerance, this week we list five must-visit mosques in Indonesia.

Istiqlal MosqueIstiqlal_Mosque

Central Jakarta

Smack in the heart of Jakarta, surrounded by government offices, the marble-clad mosque, constructed in 1951 and designed by a Christian architect Frederich Silaban, featured cutting edge technology and design for its day. With vast prayer halls and courtyards, the mosque can host up to 120,000 people, making it Southeast Asia’s biggest.

Baiturrahman Great MosqueSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Banda Aceh, Aceh

This grand structure started out as a small single-domed mosque built during the time of Aceh Sultanate, which reigned in the 19th century. In 1935, it was renovated and became a triple-domed mosque. The mosque, which stood…

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