One popular landmark in Medan is the Great Mosque, locally known as Masjid Raya, considered to be the biggest and most beautiful mosque in the whole of North Sumatra. It is often used by the Moslem community in Medan for daily prayers. Together with Maimoon Palace, it has been one of the legacies of Sultan Deli in North Sumatra. Given the intricate decorations inside the temple, it is easy to believe that some of the materials used for adornments were created in Italy. Every year, more and more foreigners visit this gorgeous mosque, all of them coming from different parts of the world.
Built in 1906, the construction of this century-old mosque was led by Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid and designed by the Dutch architect Dingemans, which is only 200 meters apart from the Maimoon Palace. The building is inspired with a Moorish concept of architecture. Besides the Great Medan mosque, another mosque built for Deli sultanate legacy is the Labuhan Mosque, which was built in 1886. The Labuhan Mosque also boasts unique Indian style of architecture with its octagon dome. It is situated in the Medan- Belawan highway north, from the Medan city center. [Read more…]