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“Wait until May 2013 for refurbishment to be done” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque
Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Jakarta 10710, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 163 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Indonesia's largest mosque is a sacred place of worship as well as a center for conferences, lectures and seminars.
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“Wait until May 2013 for refurbishment to be done”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Visited in early November 2012, and the interior was being refurbished, with scaffolding covering must of the interior, so difficult to see much.

The mosque is indeed large. When I visited, there were very few people there, so hard to get a sense of how many people could fit. My guide said 200,000 people had filled it previously.

My "guide" walked me around to the different areas, offering a little history, and answering the few questions I had.

If you know you will be visiting Jakarta again, you should wait until the work is complete. Then the place should shine.

Visited November 2012
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“The largest mosque ever”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Huge, very impressive. But off course no comparison with Cairo mosques we visited in the past. Level of decoration is nice but very simple

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“beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Simply the place where you can just sit down and absorbed the life. If the government pay attention to the surrounding area outside the Mosque it will be great...

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“big mosque”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Perhaps one of the biggest Mosques on the planet. Could cater up to 10,000 . Designed by an architect, Silaban who, I understand has no formal qualification. he was alsi the architect of Bank Indonesia building.

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“large Building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I wasn’t much impressed by this Mosque. Even if it is the biggest in SE Asia, it isn't really worth to see. When you have seen others like that one in Damaskus or Allepo it is disappointing. Only steel and stone.

Visited October 2012
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