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“Fusion mosque between Hindu culture and Islamic culture”

Menara Kudus Mosque
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kudus
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Owner description: The Menara Kudus Mosque or Al-Manar 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.
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Menara Kudus Mosque (or Al-Aqsa Mosque) is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia, located in Kudus in Central Java, Indonesia. Built in 15th Century, it's believed to be built by Sunan Kudus, one of the Wali Songo (nine Muslim saints who spread Islam in Java).

Menara Kudus Mosque is one of the historical heritage, as evidence of the spread of Islam in Java. This mosque have unique and high-style architecture design, which is a fusion between Hindu culture and Islamic culture, between Java culture and Arab culture: A mosque with Mogul style and the Tower / Minaret with Hindu temple style.

When I visited here, the tower/minaret of Menara Kudus was being repaired. So I didn't see the full beauty of the minaret, my bad ^^. I did Friday prayer in this Menara Kudus, very pleasant atmosphere there and cool, but the Imam's sermon language was Javanese, I didn't understand it hehehehe :D

Conclusion : It's really nice place for religious trip traveler, and people who loves history, culture, architecture, etc.

4  Thank YusufKS
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

Whilst working in Kudus, our colleagues took us one evening to the Mosque and Menara. Despite the fact that we were with locals, as westerners, we didn't feel welcomed to enter the menara and had to be content looking at the amazing site from the street. We were the only women out in the crowded area and whilst we might have been welcome, we wanted to respect the locals in this special place. Spent our time instead wandering the adjacent street market and bought some trinkets from a kind old lady who was patient with our Indonesian. Still got some amazing photos and couldn't have left Kudus without seeing this.

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Very unique building, blending culture and religion.
A place that could bring you to your peace and calm state.
Best view at night, try go there at maghrib or isya and you will have such splendid pilgrimage experience.

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Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

highly crowded pilgrimage ... very unique building design ... historical evidence that should be conserved

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Reviewed 23 July 2015

Unique mosque placed in the Kudus's downtown. The architecture is blend between moslem and hindu's culture. One of historical relics spread of Islam in Indonesia, especially in Java Island.You may wear decent clothes and follow local rules to enter this area

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