Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)
Address: Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Central Jakarta.
Phone: (62)(21) 386 8347.
Review: Indonesia is the biggest Muslim nation on earth and therefore, fittingly, the biggest mosque in South-East Asia is situated in Central Jakarta. The Mesjid Istiqlal Mosque was started... more
Address: Jalan Tambora IV, Jakarta, 11120.
Review: Built by Haj Mustoyib Ki Daeng five years before his death in 1767, this mosque was completely renovated in 1980. The tombs of this respected figure and his wife lie in the front yard. Chinese influence is clear in the design of the building, which features Chinese-style ornaments and pillars decorated with scenes of conversion to Islam and the relationship between humans and animals. Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering. Women must wear head scarves.
Mesjid Langgar Tinggi
Address: Jalan Pekojan 1, Jakarta, 11240.
Review: Built in 1829, this mosque features a fusion of Moorish and colonial architecture, evident from the pillars on the upper floor and the curved windows. One of Jakarta's oldest historical landmarks, it comprises two floors measuring eight by 24 meters and still functions today as a place of worship. It also draws many curious tourists, who are permitted to look around from the foyer. The first story houses the caretaker's living quarters. Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering. Women must wear head scarves.
Address: 121 Jalan Jatinegara Kaum, Jakarta, 13250.
Review: Located in East Jakarta's oldest village, this mosque was built in 1619 and features four main pillars made of teak. Although it underwent renovation eight times, these original pillars remain. The building comprises two stories - the first flaunts marble flooring, while the second is ceramic-tiled - and houses heirlooms of Achmat Jaketra, including prayer beads, a pair of lances and a machete. Achmat and members of the Banten royal family are buried in a graveyard nearby, overlooking the Sunter River. Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering. Women must wear head scarves.
Mesjid Luar BatangView
Address: Jalan Luar Batang V, Jakarta, 14440.
Review: This two-story mosque was established in 1739 by Al Habib Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus, a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed and a religious teacher from Yemen, whose sacred tomb sits within the premises. The building showcases a combination of Hindu and traditional Javanese architecture. The relief on the front gate, for instance, resemble those found in Javanese Hindu temples. Every year during the Prophet's birthday, Indonesian pilgrims come here to pray for favors. Dress conservatively. Shoes must be removed before entry, and women must wear head scarves.
Mesjid Kebon JerukView
Address: Jalan Hayam Wuruk 83, Jakarta, 11160.
Review: Established in 1792 by a Chinese Muslim, the wife of Kapiten Tamien Dosol Seeng Tchoa, this mosque displays an intricate design combining Chinese, Arabian and Indonesian elements. Raden Kartayudha, a nobleman from Bandung, is known to have chaired the mosque. The tombs of these important figures are carefully preserved and are visited by pilgrims from various regions. Dress conservatively. Shoes must be removed before entry, and women must wear head scarves.
Masjid Al-Alam Marunda
Address: Kampung Marunda Besar, Jakarta.
Review: Dating back to 1761, this is one of the oldest mosques in Jakarta that is still in use today. Located along the Marunda Beach, North Jakarta, it was built on the ruins of houses previously belonging to Balinese Muslims. The pleasant-looking structure takes a modest form and features European-style pillars. Under closer scrutiny, Arab, Javanese, Dutch and Chinese influences can be detected. Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering. Women must wear head scarves.