MONOMAD: Meusuejid Raya

in Black And White8 months ago

The house of worship's architecture was created of concrete as a replacement for the previously burned timber structure, which was known as the Grand Mosque at the time, or Groote Moskee or Missigit Raya in Dutch. It was constructed in 1879 by the Dutch East Indies government, under the direction of Governor of Aceh Karel van der Heijden.

Quoting from a 1915 book published in Dutch the Leiden University Library collection is released digitally via Delpher.nl.

De groote moskee of missigit Raya met haar kleine minarets en haar koepelvormig dak, waarvan in 1879 met groote plechtigheid in tegenwoordigheid van Generaal K. van der Heyden den eersten steen werd gelegd en wier bouw in 1881 voltooid is, troonde met haar spits tegen den blauwen wolkeloozen hemel als een blijk van de Indische regeering dat het haar ernst was om den godsdienst en de instellingen van den Islam te eerbiedigen.

-- Gobius, G., Herinneringen uit mijne loopbaan bij de Marine 1874-1908, p.170-171, W.P van Stockum & Zoon, 1915. (to source page)

The building is now known as the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, and it has become a landmark in Banda Aceh City. We call it Meusuejid Raya.

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These pictures were taken at midnight.

Thank You!
Irfan M Nur (@vannour)
Taken with Canon EOS 6D, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.


All images in this post were taken by and remain the Copyright of Irfan M Nur.

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Looks gorgeous. It is a magnificent architectural structure. The photographs have also become a work of art.

 8 months ago  

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