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Monochrome Monday: Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque, or Independence Mosque, in Jakarta (Indonesia) is the largest mosque in South East Asia. Across to the mosque there is the Catholic Jakarta Cathedral Church, built in year 1901 with its original Dutch name De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming or The Church of Our Beloved Lady who taken to Heaven. The position of both buildings have been long time a symbol of Indonesians’ religious tolerance. Tolerance that I hope will continue for many more generations.

Today and tomorrow, Muslims around the world is celebrating Eid al-Fitr after 30 days fasting during the Ramadan. Through this post I wish readers and bloggers who celebrate the festive for a wonderful celebration with families and friends. May peace be with you and your loved ones.


  1. Two beautiful ideas caught in one photo. The wonderful architecture, and tolerance of one another. Other places in the world can take a lesson here.

  2. Very impressive building. It will be quite crowded today after the end of Ramadan. I was last year in Kuala Lumpur at this time and could nearly not move in the city and the Monorail was packed like sardines.

    • Thank you Erwin! I have never been inside the Istiqlal mosque but yes, it is a very popular mosque during the festive..also the Church across to it is extremely popular during Christmas. My mother used to go there for Easter until the Church made a policy that only Catholics who members to the Church local community surrounding the Church allowed to do the service in the Church during the Easter and Christmas. That policy helped reducing the mass..

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