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The Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman, Architectural Phenomenon


The Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman: Architectural Phenomenon

With its bright white walls and majestic black domes, the 130-year old grand mosque is a magnificent site. It was here that hundreds of people sought refuge during the 204 tsunami that flattened most of the landscape of the city. The tsunami was so damaging, it demolished any structures, old and new, along the way of the tearing swell. This is a fact that gives significance to the Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman in the city of Banda Aceh . It is more than just a masterpiece of Islamic architecture in the nation, its survival from the tsunami is viewed by many residents as a direct intervention from the divine.

Royal scripture has it that the mosque was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Some say that it was built even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, the mosque was burnt to the ground. Realizing the value and its importance to the people of Aceh , in 1879, Major General Vander acting as current military general, rebuilt the mosque as it was once promised by Governor General Van Lansberge in 1877. Two more domes were added by the Dutch in 1936 and another two by the Indonesian government in 1957.

The Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman is located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh .  Characterized by a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets, the Baiturrahman is probably the prototype for many mosques in Indonesia and Malaysian peninsula; supersede the layered roofed-style mosque.

To Stay

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Pade Hotel

Jalan Soekarno Hatta No.1 Desa Daroy Kameu Aceh

Oasis Atjeh Hotel

Jl. Tengku Imun Lueng Bata 115 Aceh

Grand Nanggroe Hotel

Jl T Imuem Lueng Bata 23247 Aceh

Rumoh PMI Hotel

Jl. NYak Adam Kamil II, No.1 Kampong Ateuk 23243 Aceh Aceh

Hotel Rasamala

Jl. Teuku Umar No. 257 23239 Aceh

Wisma Teuku Umar

Jl. Syech Muda Wali No.45 Banda Aceh , 23233 Banda Aceh

Grand Aceh Hotel

Jalan Mr. Muhammad Hassan No. 11, 23242 Banda Aceh

Wisma Teuku Umar Hotel

Jl. Syech Muda Wali No 45 Blang Padang 23242 Aceh

Crystall Guesthouse

Sultan Iskandarmuda Street No.3C 23231 Aceh Aceh

Hotel Diana

Jl. Tengku Hamzah Bendahara No 80, 23242 Banda Aceh

Hermes Palace Hotel

Jl. T.Panglima Nyak Makam, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Aceh

Hotel 61 Banda Aceh

Jalan. Tengku Panglima Polem No. 28 Aceh

Get Around

Taxis are available in Banda Aceh , other public transportation are Labi-labi (local public transport by using minibus/van). You can also hire a motoped rider to take you around town.

To Eat

Please find interesting items and snacks at the back of the mosque as Pasar Aceh (Aceh Market) is located.

To Do

Sightseeing around the mosque, the best time to visit this mosque is during friday afternoon prayers whem the entire mosque and yard are filled with people.


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