Religion is one of the most important factors comprised in the culture of Jakarta. It is manifested from several different religious structures which are nestled in various places near Jakarta airport hotels. These are of different religions and sects, and therefore, are mostly visited for its religious values. But, it cannot be denied that these buildings, due to the architectural beauty, and sheer magnificence contribute as well to the boosting tourism in Jakarta.
There are so many Muslims in Indonesia as well as many who travel there. It’s the desire to visit the Istiqlal Mosque that drives people from all around to visit here.
The Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The name literally translates to ‘independence’, and such a name was given because this national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate the independence of the country.
This structure boasts of an Arabic architecture. Its main prayer hall is rectangular in shape and is, as usual, covered by a spherical dome which is about 45 meters in diameter. It is supported by 12 towering columns. Another dome was also built to roof the main hall.
Interior-wise, the Istiqlal Mosque flaunts a minimalist design. A majority of the structure is made of marble, thereby providing a clean and simple appeal. Walls are not much ornamented, except the aluminum adornments seen on some parts of it. Different calligraphies can also be seen inside.
Aside from worship, tourists visit this mosque for social and cultural activities. This structure serves as a venue as well to some religious performances, lectures, exhibitions, and bazaars that are open to everyone.
Another interesting architectural piece in Jakarta is the Jakarta Cathedral – a Catholic church which is an iconic structure in the city.
Built about one hundred years ago, the Jakarta Cathedral is known as one of the most elegant buildings in the city. It glamorously flaunts a typical Neo-Gothic architecture. However, it is distinctively made of iron and wood, and the walls are made of bricks.
The Jakarta Cathedral boasts of 3 main spires which prominently stand tall: The Fort of David, The Ivory Tower, and The Angelus Dei Tower. All of which are made of ivory, and are definitely impressive during the afternoons.
This cathedral has two floors. The second story used to be a section for the choir, but as the structure has aged, having a lot of people on the second floor could make it collapse.
Beauty and elegance is truly exuded by the Jakarta Cathedral, but most importantly it gives off a very religious charm that even non-Catholics visiting the place can feel. So when in Jakarta, tourists must take time to visit this place. After all, the opportunity to see a beautiful building as this is not limited to Catholics alone.
It is not a waste of time to visit these edifices since seeing these means understanding Jakarta’s culture more. After all, it is not a problem coming to the sites because it is just nearby the top and cheap Jakarta hotels where people can lodge for comfort and ease.