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Jakarta Post

The marvels of a modern mosque

  • Simon Marcus Gower, Contributor

Semarang   /   Fri, July 31 2009   /  10:08 am

On high: The view of the Grand Mosque at Semarang from the Asmaul Husna Tower shows the sheer scale and artistry of the complex’s design. JP/Simon Marcus GowerThe city of Semarang is home to an amazing and unusual sight: A delightful example of how modern architecture can be attractive, distinctive and welcoming, while still maintaining an imposing and impressive air. With the forests of modern office blocks, apartment towers and shopping malls that form our urban environment, it can often seem that modern architecture is about little more than sleek steel and glass.But a recent addition to Semarang’s cityscape is in a whole other class: The Grand Mosque of Semarang, or the Masjid Agung, Jawa Tengah, as it is known locally. The entire mosque complex covers more than 10 hectares and can hold up to 15,000 worshippers at any one time.The three main — and largest — buildings of the c...