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Menara Kudus Mosque, Kudus

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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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  • Simbol penyebaran Islam di Pantura , di kudus yang penuh dengan rasa toleransi. Salah satunya upaya menghormat warga Hindu dengan tidak menyembelih sapi. Maka, di kudus tidak dijumpai jagal sapi . Dan...  more »
  • Selain gunung Muria ada menara kudus untuk wisata sekaligus ziarah makam walisongo. Lokasi di tengah kota Kudus  more »
  • Waktu yang terbaik kemari yaitu saat sore hari sekitar jam 16-17. Anda akan melihat sebuah menara dan sebuah Mesjid yang sangat indah. Dibelakang ada makan Sunan Kudus. Bagi yang Moslem, anda dapat sh...  more »
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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
  • wonderfull architecture

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