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Address: Jl. Gajah Raya No. 128 Sambirejo, Gayamsari, Semarang, Indonesia
GPS Coordinate: S6°59'3.1" E110°26'48.3" (view map)
Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah becomes the biggest mosque in Central Java. It has six hydraulic umbrellas and a ninety-nine-meters tower named Al Husna.
Semarang is a city with many religious and sacred objects, for example the Great Temple the Great Sam Poo Kong Shrine and other small temples in Chinatown (Chinese area), Blenduk and Gedangan church in Kota Lama, Avalokiteswara Pagoda in Watu Gong, and the Great Mosque of Central Java on Gajah street. Different from other mosque, the Great Mosque of Central Java serves not only as devotion place, but also as the center of Islamic missionary education and people service. In this mosque, you can also learn about the history of Islam development in the library and museum that will give you complete information about that.
Officially appointed in 2006, this glorious mosque complex has complete facilities like convention hall, gift shops, restaurant, offices, library, hotel, and tower. Architecturally, the Great Mosque of Central Java is unique since it combines the Middle East and Roman architecture style without leaving Javanese style. The East Java design is seen from the dome and its four components, while the Javanese way is represented by tanjung decoration below the main dome. The Greek influence can be seen from the 25 pillars in the main plaza where those pillars are painted purple and enriched with calligraphy like the Colosseum in Rome. This mosque also has six hydraulic umbrellas that open and close automatically. These six umbrellas are adopted from Nabawi Mosque in Madinah.
Not far from the mosque, there is a 99-meter tower called Asmaul Husna that represents the great and almighty God. It has lift for bringing the visitors who want to enjoy the view of the mosque and the city from above. When we walked around the top of the tower, we saw a line of telescopes provided by the mosque organizer. We could use those telescopes if we give a 500 rupiahs golden coin. We finally found the coin in the bag so that we could use the telescope for 5 minutes.
Being satisfied on the top of the tower, we went down to the third floor to see the history of Islam civilization in the Museum. The two-story museum displayed collections of pesantren education system document, old text, series of book, miniature mosque, mosque ornament, and giant Al Quran (Koran) with hand writing. When we got out of the tower, we heard azan magrib, a sign for Moslem people to pray, so everybody moves quickly to the mosque and suddenly it became quiet.
The tower opens at: 7a.m to 5p.m and 7p.m to 9p.m
Ticket for going to the tower is: IDR 5,000