Menara Kudus Mosque, Kudus

The Menara Kudus Mosque or Al-Aqsha Mosque is located in Kudus in the Indonesian province of Central Java. Dating from 1549, it is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia, built at the time of Islam's spread through Java. The mosque preserves the tomb of Sunan Kudus, one of the nine Islamic saints of Java (the Wali Sanga), and it is a popular pilgrimage point.ArchitectureIt preserves pre-Islamic architectural forms such as old Javanese split doorways, ancient Hindu-Buddhist influenced Majapahit-style red brickwork, and a three-tired pyramindal roof. The most unusual feature is the brick minaret on which a pavilion shelters a large skin drum which is used to summon the faithful to prayer instead of the more common muezzin. Whereas a bedug normally hangs under the eaves of a mosque verandah, in the Kudus Mosque it sits in a tower like a Balinese Hindu temple kul-kul or signal drum used to warn of impending attack, fire, or communal event. No other mosque in Java is known to have a drum tower of this type.In front of the minaret and around the compound are walls and gateways in the old candi bentar (split gate) and kori agung (main gate) styles. Inside are two gateways—a smaller, inner gate with relief panels on either side similar to those found in Mantingan, and an outer gate that is reminiscent of the 14th-century Bajang Ratu gate at Trowulan. Other pre-Islamic touches include 8 kala-head water spouts in the ablution area and Ming procelain plates set in the walls.
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  • Visited this place and I was impressed. Well maintained and clean, this place is worth visiting if you are passing by. The architecture is unique and beautiful.  more »
  • The tower was a symbol of this Holy City is located at the city. In addition to the Tower, there is a packed sunan kudus who crowded the pilgrims arriving information Expected a polite garment when visiting this place, because this is a tomb
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  • The symbol of the spread of Islam in Line, in the Holy full sense of tolerance. One such effort is the Hindu residents scrape by not slaughter a cow. Then, in Holy cow butcher not found. And, just a leisurely Buffalo found
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  • Religeous place.. but its not easy to find a parking spot for car
  • Nice place, not too crowded. But lack on parking area.
  • Old style mosque. But not have Car Parking area, expensive unofficial parking tariff. Its not good location when use car to visit this place.
  • nice place but lack of parking area
  • Place that you must visit if you arrive in Kudus.

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