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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  • Great location not far from downtown, so this Holy Mosque Minarets could make the wrong destinations a must visit when you're on Holy to at least reliving the history of islam in Java on yore. The shape of the Tower of the mosque-like building hindu temples are very interesting to visit.
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  • Stepping on the historical development of Islam in Java. The spread of Islam by the Wali songo. Many of the students Koran yg penghapal was studying recite the mosque area. See the cool. The place is clean. Photo handyman assistance with photo only 10 k. Not far from Junction 7. Very easy to find in this area. Many places making Mukena dekat2 embroidery area. Children love to bs see yg high tower. Wahhh Nice comment yg sy-4th see this Holy Tower building.
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  • Very good tower, clean, but always busy coz muslim people around here and tourists come here to see and also doing pray  more »
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  • The most attractive heritage in Kudus city, the Mosque with combine tower architect look like hinduism architect in left side.
  • Free of any charge, of anything. I really appreciate the hospitality of every mosque's volunteer who guard this site. Nice and heart warming 🙏
  • One of the religious sites in Kudus, it is the final resting place of Sunan Kudus. The mosque is located right beside the tower. Lots of stalls located nearby. Parking is a bit difficult especially during the day and evening, I recommend coming in the morning (by 08:30 it's already full of visitors).
  • Just Visitor in Here, one of legend place in central java, expecialy for moslem people, Most of the history place about spreaded Moslem religion
  • One of the tourist object in Kudus. The tower is located right beside the mosque. You have to park your car elsewhere if you want to visit this place since it is not accessible by car. Visited this place at around 8 pm and the tower looks nice with the lights and all. There are many stalls that offers souvenirs and also photographer service that will take your photo for a fee.
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