Bandung Grand Mosque

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Masjid Raya Bandung (Bandung Grand Mosque), formerly known as the Great Mosque of Bandung is a mosque that became a province’s mosque of West Java. This mosque was first built in 1810, and since its establishment, the Great Mosque has undergone eight times renovations in the 19th century, then five times in the 20th century until it was renovated again in 2001 up until the inauguration of the Masjid Raya Bandung in June 4, 2003 which was inaugurated by the former Governor of West Java, Mr. H.R. Nuriana. The new mosque, which is patterned Arab, replacing the old Great Mosque, which is patterned Sundanese. Masjid Raya Bandung is located in Bandung Square near Asia – Africa street, Bandung Central. The location makes it so easy to find. Not far from this mosque, on the same road stands the Merdeka Building and Preanger Hotel, these two buildings are related with the history of the Asia – Africa Conference in 1955.

BUILDING ORNAMENTS AND INTERIOR
The interior of the building is designed with a beautiful carved ornaments of Islamic art with emphasis on Islamic culture in Tatar Sunda. In addition, Masjid Raya Bandung is equipped with two basement floors, the top of it will be retained as open space for the public. The roof of the mosque was replaced from the joglo roof style into one large dome as well as the middle and the smaller domes on either side of the roof of the mosque, while the mosque's walls are made of natural stone. Currently, the total open area of the mosque is 23 448 square meters and building coverage area of 8575 square meters and can accommodate 13,000 worshipers.

TOURISM ACTIVITIES
Nowadays, Masjid Raya Bandung become one of the most favorite area for residents of Bandung to spend their times, courtyard outside the mosque, or better known as the square of Bandung transformed into a green synthetic grass, allows residents to relax even play football while enjoying the beauty of the architecture of the twin towers of Masjid Raya Bandung. In addition, tourists can also enjoy the panoramic beauty of Bandung from the twin towers of the mosque that rises 81 meters high by paying a ticket for Rp. 3,000. The tower is open only on Saturdays and Sundays. Relaxing in the area of Bandung square will allows tourists to see the view of people passing by as well as merchants who sell various things. The merchants did not stop and never tired of offering his wares, of course at a very affordable price. If hungry, you just go outside the Masjid Raya Bandung area and choose a variety of desired menus. Ranging from light snacks like meatballs, dumplings, es dawet, until the main course like rice, soup, porridge are so easy to find around the Masjid Raya Bandung. Masjid Raya Bandung will be more crowded during the afternoons, school holidays and office holidays.

by. Eriek Nurhikmat



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