Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia
Indonesia has a fantastic Islamic structure which is famous for its magnificent white walls and superb black dome. This is known as Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh, Aceh province.
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a 130-years old mosque which truly represents the culture of the Acehnese people of Indonesia. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Dutch colonial administration as a token of reconciliation following their destruction of an older mosque during the Aceh wars. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was survived from the devastating tsunami in 2004 when hundreds of people sought refuge and the whole city was destroyed.
The historic facts suggest that Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Although according to some historians Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was firstly constructed even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, Baiturrahman Grand Mosque got fire and it was burnt to the ground. In 1879, Major General Vander who was acting as the Military General reconstructed Baiturrahman Grand Mosque as the symbolic emblem of the Acehnese culture. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia has a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets in total.