Batam Island, a holiday island in the province of Sumatra, isn’t all about shopping malls, entertainment centers and beaches. The island is also home to Grand Mosque, one of the most striking temples in Indonesia.
Indonesia being the largest Islamic country in the world, it’s not surprising that it has numerous mosques and temples. Still, some tourists find it amazing that there is a mosque as remarkable in architecture as the Grand Mosque is in a vacation island said to be hundreds of years removed from the modern civilizations of greater Indonesia.
The Grand Mosque, also known as Mesjid Raya locally, is the pride of many Muslims in Batam. With its one-of-a-kind pyramid architectural design, it is easy to see why. It is said to inspire awe not just from the Muslim worshippers of the island, but also from the many foreign visitors who lay eyes on the edifice.
The Mosque was built in 1999 and has since become the center for all Muslim religious affairs in Batam Island. But while it is a religious site for local Muslims, it is also mostly a tourist spot for many foreign visitors. And it being a symbol of their faith, the local government has already deemed the mosque a tourist destination in the island.
With a total area of 75,000 square meters, this mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Batam Island. It is divided into several rooms inside. The mezzanine serves as the prayer room and the ground floor is reserved for other religious activities. Two rooms have also been allocated to be the washing areas for male and female worshippers: the male ablution room and the female ablution room. An area for where the footwear and shoes of the temple-goers can be stored and stacked while they’re inside the temple has also been designated.
The total number of people that the mosque can accommodate inside is about 3,500. Outside, it also has rooms for about 15,000 pilgrims. That’s how huge the Grand Mosque is. The mosque’s tower stands a total of 66 meters high and occupies a total area of 9 square meters. The corridor connecting the tower and the main temple, on the other hand, stretches to about 1,270 square meters.
The Mosque has certainly aged since it was first built, even though it still looks pretty decent. In addition, getting to the mosque is quite easy. It is located in Batam City Area just North of Batam, just across a government building called PEMDA Building. The Mega Mall, a huge shopping mall, is also situated across the street so you certainly won’t miss it.
So, if you’re looking for something different to do while you’re having your Batam Island vacation, or when you’re tired of shopping and want a taste of Batam’s culture and religion, head over to the Grand Mosque. For the unique architecture, it is definitely worth a visit. At the very least, it would be a nice addition to the list of Muslim temples you’ve already been to.