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Istiqlal Mosque remains popular amid ongoing renovations

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, July 28, 2019   /  10:39 am
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Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta.(Shutterstock/Herdik Herlambang)

Grand and iconic, Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta is to reveal its new facilities and revamped façade next year as renovations are now underway, even as worshippers still frequent the mosque with the disturbances caused by the construction work all around them. The renovation project, the most extensive one since the mosque was opened in 1978, kicked off in May during Ramadan. No closures were implemented, as visitors can still gather, pray and recite the Quran as usual. However, several entrance gates are closed because of the work, leaving only the main entrance open, the southwest Ar-Rahman Gate that has parking spaces available nearby. During The Jakarta Post’s recent visit, the Ar-Rahman gate was crowded with a variety of visitors ranging from foreign tourists and schoolchildren to Muslims seeking to pray. The main entrance to the mosque compound was bloc...