The Cipaganti Mosque is popularly known as the Masjid Cipaganti to the Indonesians. It was built in 1933 on the northern side of the city of Bandung. It was carefully constructed in a European residential neighborhood and was the only mosque to be built there. Dutch architect Professor Kemal Wolff Schomaker designed the building as he incorporated European architecture with elements of ethnic Javanese and touches of Arabic influence into the mosque. The grand masterpiece’s making was well-documented and can now be seen today.
The mosque’s fairly angular and straight architecture is what makes it stand out from the rest. The mosque’s exterior is a clear example of a combination of Western and Eastern architecture. Its sleek European design coupled with the horses on its roof triangle that give it an Oriental touch is what makes it a great combination of the two different cultures. There are numerous shady trees that frame the mosque, making it an incredible sight to behold from afar. Although the mosque has been extended and has been altered throughout the years, its central facade still remains true to its original structure. [Read more…]