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Visiting the Grand Mosque of Al Mashun Medan - Religious Tourism that has Historical Value
Good afternoon dear friends, yesterday I visited one of the Muslim places of worship that has historical value in the city of Medan. This place is a large mosque and quite magnificent. Even this mosque is more than 1 century old. This mosque is named "Masjid Raya Al Mashun". Locals often call it “the Medan Grand Mosque”. This mosque is also one of the icons of the city of Medan so that it becomes a matter of pride for the residents of Medan.
While visiting this mosque, I met "Mr. Edi". He guided me to go around the mosque area and told me in great detail about the history of this Grand Mosque of Al Mashun being founded. So, the Al Mashun Grand Mosque was built from August 21, 1906, to September 19, 1909. The work was built for 3 years. This mosque was built by "Ma'mun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alam", he was the ninth Sultan of Deli in the Dutch colonial era. This mosque has an area of approximately 5000 m2 on a land area of 18,000 m2. Early History This mosque was built to serve Muslims who are in the field to worship as well as a place for broadcasting Islam.
The cost of building this mosque is quite expensive, which is estimated at one million guilders (at that time still using the Dutch guilder currency) which the sultan has to bear himself. This mosque is a royal mosque, so this mosque was built very grand and expensive. Because Sultan Ma'mun Al Rasyid has the principle that the grandeur and greatness of this mosque are more important than the palace itself. Apart from being a center of worship for Muslims in the city of Medan, this mosque is also a tourist destination that is often visited by domestic and foreign tourists. Because one of the advantages of this mosque is that we can find that the outside or the inside of this mosque is in an original form and has not undergone such a specific change.
The construction of this mosque building takes a combination of India (Mughal), the Middle East (Arab and Persian), Spain (Andalusia), Turkey (Ottoman), and Europe. This mosque was Architected by Van Erp and JA Tingdeman who came from the Netherlands. The mosque tower section has two parts, namely the Karangan behind which there are the graves of the Malay kings, the Governor of North Sumatra, and the Haji, the sibarani book teacher, who was the founder of the Zending Islam Indonesia Foundation.
The uniqueness and uniqueness of this mosque are not only 1 century old, but this mosque also offers the charm of beauty as well as faith education so that every visitor who comes to feel close to the god of the universe because the word Al-Mashun is a language which means "to be maintained". and in fact, it is like that, because this mosque is still maintained until now.
The location of this mosque is close to the "Maimun Palace" (Sultan palace of deli). So you can also visit the Maimun Palace after visiting this grand mosque. In addition, near this mosque there are also merchandise sellers such as t-shirts with the picture of the Grand Mosque or the Maimun Palace, so when you visit here and want to buy souvenirs or merchandise to take home or as souvenirs, you are no longer confused about looking for them. If you want to visit this mosque, you can use a Betor (motorized pedicab) and public transportation that passes through this mosque.
Okay friends, maybe that's all the information I can convey to you about the historic Grand Mosque which is more than 1 century old. I hope you are also given Health to God to keep up the spirit. regards