March 28, 2018
Jabodetabek is an acronym for Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi. Even though these places are considered to be big cities, best known for their crazy traffic jams, but there are also some peaceful spots for praying. One of the most famous is Istiqlal Mosque.
Located in Central Jakarta, the mosque is generally known as the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia. It can accommodate up to 200,000 people. Built in 1978, the modern building is architecturally amazing. The tiles are marble and the poles are stainless steel. The Grand Istiqlal is also home to the biggest bedug (a drum made from water buffalo leather) in Indonesia. It weighs 2.3 tons and is said to have been made from 300-year-old wood.
Interestingly, just across the street is Jakarta Cathedral. It is beautifully ornamented both on the outside and the inside. Because of their unusual side-by-side location, the mosque and the church are usually visited by tourists as a “package”. Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, chose these buildings to symbolize Indonesia’s philosophy of unity in diversity. Both buildings are equally breathtaking.
In Depok, there is also the Dian Al-Mahri Mosque, also known as the Golden Dome Mosque. The area of the mosque is 8000 square meters and can hold a congregation of up to 20,000. Though it is significantly fewer than the Istiqlal, it is still an impressive number.
The Dian Al-Mahri Mosque is dubbed at the most magnificenr mosque in Southeast Asia! The building began in 2001 and was finished in 2006. It has 5 golden domes, 4 smaller ones and the main centerpiece. Inspired by the Taj Mahal, the main dome is 20 meters in diameter and 25 meters in height. The mosque has a chandelier that weighs 8 tons and it was brought directly from Italy. The ornaments and ceilings are made from 18 carat gold. This impressive building always draws many visitors, be they families, tourists, or even individuals who come to pray or just to relax.
Source: Journey Magazine, September 2015