Saturday, February 26, 2011

Central Java Grand Mosque

Central Java Grand Mosque is one of the grandest mosques in Indonesia. With the architecture of this beautiful mosque was built in 2001 and completed in 2006. Mosque complex consists of an area of 7669 m2 main building and courtyard area of 7,500 m2. Central Java Grand Mosque is located on the street Elephant Kingdom, precisely in the Village Sambirejo, Gayamsari District, the city of Semarang .

The mosque that can accommodate no fewer than 15,000 pilgrims was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in 2006. Inauguration ceremony was marked by the signing of the stone inscriptions as high as 3.2 m and weighing 7.8 tons, located in front of the mosque. The inscription is made of natural stone that comes from the slopes of Mount Merapi.

Apart from being a place of worship, the Great Mosque of Central Java is also the attractions of integrated educational, religious, educational centers, and centers of Islamic syiar activity. By visiting this mosque, visitors can see the unique architecture of the mosque which is a blend of Javanese architecture, Roman and Arabic.

Java architecture seen in some parts, for example at the base of the pole mosque use motif like tumpal, untu stinky, kawung, and machete-parangan. Feature of Eastern architecture Tenga h (Arabic) terliat on mosque walls of the mosque walls are decorated with calligraphy. In addition, in the courtyard of Central Java Grand Mosque consists of 6 hydraulic giant umbrella that can open and close automatically which is the adoption of the architecture of the Prophet's Mosque located in the city of Medina. The mosque is also less influenced by the style of Roman architecture . The style is apparent on the interior design and color layer attached to the corners of the building.

In addition to the main building are spacious and beautiful mosques, there are other supporting buildings. The support buildings include: the auditorium on the right wing side of the mosque that can accommodate approximately 2,000 people. The auditorium is usually used for exhibitions, weddings and other activities. Left wing of the mosque there is a library and office space for rent to the public. The main page that there are 6 mosques hydraulic umbrella can also accommodate crowd of 10,000 people.

Another feature of this mosque of Menara Asmaul Husna (Al Husna Tower) with a height of 99 m. The tower can be seen from a radius of 5 km is located at the southwest corner of the mosque. The tower symbolized the greatness and omnipotence of God. Dipuncak tower equipped with binocular viewing. From here visitors can enjoy the fresh air while looking at the beautiful city of Semarang and the ships that were passing by at the port of Tanjung Emas.

In this mosque also contained Al qur `an enormous work of handwriting H. Hayatuddin, a calligrapher from the University of Science and Science Al-qur `an from Wonosobo, Central Java. Not only that, there is also a replica of a giant drum made by the students Mangunsari Alfalah Islamic School, Jatilawang, Banyumas, West Java.

In the area of Central Java Grand Mosque there are various kinds of facilities such as libraries, auditoriums, inn, room ceremony, tour guide, museum of Islamic culture, Muslim cafes, souvenir stalls, fruit, and others. In addition, there are also various kinds of entertainment facilities such as water fountains, children's playground, and train a rabbit that can deliver visitors revolves around the mosque complex.

To enter the kawasab Central Java Grand Mosque , visitors are free. However, if visitors wish to enter certain areas such as Tower Asmaul Husna , visitors are required to pay Rp 3,000 per person for an hour visit between the hours of 8.00 am until 5:30 pm. And when visitors come in at 5.30  pm until 9.00 pm that rate increased to Rp 4,000 per person. For visitors who want to use the binoculars contained in the Tower Asmaul Husna, then visitors must spend an additional cost of Rp 500, - per minute.

During the holidays, visit the mosque many tourists who come from various regions. Even some foreign tourists, especially Muslims melunagkan much time to visit this mosque to worship as well as sightseeing.


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