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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  • September 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 9, 2017
    Menara yang dijadikan simbol kota kudus ini terletak dipusat kota. Selain menara,terdapat makan sunan kudus yang selalu ramai didatangi para peziarah walisongo Diharapkan memakai pakaian yang sopan ke...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Religeous place.. but its not easy to find a parking spot for car
  • May 27, 2017
    Nice place, not too crowded. But lack on parking area.
  • February 28, 2017
    Old style mosque. But not have Car Parking area, expensive unofficial parking tariff. Its not good location when use car to visit this place.
  • June 24, 2017
    nice place but lack of parking area
  • August 11, 2017
    Place that you must visit if you arrive in Kudus.

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