6 Of The Oldest Mosques In Indonesia That Have Been Around For Hundreds Of Years And Are Still Standing Strong – as we know that Indonesia only has various cultures, religions, races, languages and customs. But did you know that Indonesia also has various religious beliefs, such as Islam. Yep, in Indonesia, Islam is the majority religion that has entered the archipelago since the 11th century.
From there, the religion of Islam began to grow and become big until now. No wonder Indonesia has many of the oldest mosques that existed in ancient times. In fact, until now the historic mosque is still used for worship activities. The following is the oldest mosque in Indonesia that you must know, let’s have a look here!
1. Masjid Tuo Kayu Jao
Tuo Kayu Jao Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia, is located in Jorong Kayu Jao, Nagari Batang Barus, Gunung Talang, Solok Regency, West Sumatra. This mosque was built since 1599 with architecture influenced by Minangkabau style. It has a three-level roof structure made of palm fiber and its thickness is about 15 cm.
2. Masjid Mantingan
The Mantingan Mosque was founded in 1559 by the Demak Sultanate, which is located in Mantingan Village, Tahunan District, Jepara, Central Java. With a Chinese architectural style, this mosque is used as a center for the spread of Islam on the coast of the island of Java.
3. Masjid Menara Kudus
Menara Kudus Mosque is located in Kauman Village, City District, Kudus Regency, Central Java. Built in 1549 by Sunan Kudus, it is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia. Shaped like a temple, this mosque can be considered unique. While the tower depicts a blend of Islamic and Hindu culture in the past.
4. Masjid Sultan Suriansyah
Sultan Suriansyah Mosque was built in 1526 by Sultan Suriansyah, the first King of Banjar who converted to Islam. This mosque is located on Jalan Kuin Utara, North Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Having an overlapping roof architectural style, the mihrab has a separate roof from the main building.
5. Masjid Agung Demak