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Istiqlal meaning ‘Independence’, is a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national independence. Its 17 years construction was personally supervised by the first President of Indonesian Republic, Soekarno. Today, this mosque has become the largest mosque in Southeast Asia both in structure and capacity, as it can accommodate congregation of up to 120,000 people, has 4 levels of balcony.
Located at Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma in central Jakarta, on the northeastern corner of the Merdeka Square, the Istiqlal Mosque stands out with its 45 meters diameter dome and supported by 12 huge columns which covered by aluminium plates. Standing almost right across the old Catholic Church at the corner of Jalan Lapangan Banteng. The mosque was designed in 1954 by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect from North Sumatra.
Non-Muslim visitors are allowed to visit and enter the mosque after a short brief on the Islam religion, and the mosque itself. Furthermore, Non-Muslim visitors are obliged to follow the mosque custom of removing any footwear — while wearing an appropriate attire.Please note that shorts, short sleeve t-shirts, and short sleeve shirts, tank top, are not allowed. However, visitors with shorts are given a "sarong" to be worn on. Women's visitors are also requested to wear a hijab. Furthermore, Non-Muslim visitors must be accompanied with a guide — as not all areas are allowed to be entered such as the main hall — however, visitors can have a look of this hall from the second floor balcony.
Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
+6221 350 3287
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