The Grandest And Largest Mosque In Southeast Asia

Posted on January 4th, 2010 at 9:54 am by Akhyari


I bet, most of you still believe that Istiqlal Mosque of Jakarta is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Well, not anymore. Indonesia hosts the larger one, to make it the grandest and the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, and it is not anywhere in Java Island, it’s in Samarindah, the capital city of East Kalimantan. It’s called SICM (Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque).

In the foreground of the Mahakam river banks, this mosque has a tower and a large dome. Located in the Karang Asam village, Samarinda Ilir, Samarinda East Kalimantan has a main building area 43,500 square meters. Broad support for the mosque building is 7115 square feet and the basement area is 10,235 square meters. While the ground floor of the mosque area is 10,270 square meters and the main floor area is of 8185 square meters. While mezanin floor area (balcony) is 5290 square meters.

The building of this mosque has 7 tower where main tower is 99 meters which means Asmaul husna or the names of God that total 99. The main tower consists of 15 floors of the building, the average of each floor level is 6 meters. It means, steps from the basement to the main floor of the mosque in 33 steps. This amount is deliberately equated with a third of the seed beads. In addition to the main tower, the building also has 6 towers on the side of the mosque. 4 in every corner of the mosque, 70 meters high and 2 towers at the gate as high as 57 meters. Six of the tower is also significant as 6 pillars of faith.

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