Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Grand Mosque "Baitul al Rahman" (Baiturrahman)

The great Baiturrahman is the main landmark of Banda Aceh today. Located in the heart of the city, this mosque is one of Aceh's prime tourist attractions.

The mosque was built in the 12th century. The mosque suffered throug several fires, including once when Dutch attacked Aceh in 1873. The dutch military government later reconstructed and completed in 1883.

The mosque's architecture and design is extraordinary. It has seven onion shaped domes, four small minarets within the mosque structure, one really tall minaret in from of the entrance gate. Its wide white walls and pillars are beautifully decorated.