First publicly accessible by Indonesia’s first President, Soekarno, on 22 Feb 1978, the expansive Istiqlal Mosque of Jakarta is the biggest mosque in South East Asia both in structure and capability, as it could accommodate congregations of up to 120, 000 people. Located in Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma at Central Jakarta, on the northeastern corner of the Merdeka Square, The Istiqlal Mosque Jakarta stands out with its 45m diameter dome and tall minarets. Standing almost right across the older Catholic Church in the corner of Jalan Lapangan Banteng, the Istiqlal mosque was created in 1954 by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect from the North Sumatra.
The thought For the need of a national mosque was motivated by the Muslim leader KH Wahid Hashim and implemented by Cokro Aminoto, then a minister of religious affairs. Istiqlal meaning Independence is a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national Independence. President Soekarno personally supervised its 17 years building. The mosque has a big rectangular prayer hall with 45-meter diameter dome supported by 12 round columns, also has four levels of balconies. Its inside is mostly simple. In his short 18 hours trip to Indonesia on ninth and 10th. November 2010,” US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Barack Obama made a special visit to the Istiqlal mosque.
An aside note that The President heard from the chief of the mosque, that he relayed to the press, was during the Christmas Mass, the Cathedral’s congregation utilizes the parking lot of the mosque throughout the road. And vice-versa throughout Ied prayers. Later President Obama commended The Istiklal Mosque as a sign of religious tolerance that ignites Indonesia and Indonesians, inspiring the world. Get There. The expansive Istiqlal Mosque of Jakarta is simple to reach because It’s near the Gambir train station. To come here from the Sukarno Hatta international airfield, You should use public transport like Metromini or even Transjakarta bus in direction to Gambir. From Gambir you can use motorbike taxi commonly called ojek, or, if you prefer to, you can walk to this mosque.
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