Kamis, 21 Februari 2013

Birmingham Central Mosque, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Location : Birmingham, United Kingdom
Description : Birmingham Central Mosque is the second purpose built and one of the largest mosques in Western Europe,  which was built in 1969 and opened to the public in 1975. The most inspiring value of this mosque is its Multi-denomination position which means it does not belong to any one particular sect or school of thought but it represents all Muslims from any background. It is one of the most recognised religious buildings in the city of Birmingham and a result, a vast number of people visit the mosque every year. 
The Birmingham Central Mosque is open to visitors throughout the year. We receive a large number of visitors from media, schools, colleges, universities and other institutions wishing to find out more about a mosque and the Islamic faith for projects and studies. The mosque has a special Guest Book which visitors have been signing since 1984; all visitors are encouraged to leave their messages about the mosque's visit in the Visitors' book
Source : http://www.centralmosque.org.uk/Default.aspx
Picture : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Birmingham_Central_Mosque.jpg

Selasa, 12 Februari 2013

Hohhot Great Mosque in Mongolia

Location : Tongdao Street, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Description : The Great Mosque is the earliest and largest mosque in Hohhot, the capital city Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Great Mosque was built in 1693 and renovated in 1789 and 1923. It now covers an area of 4000 square meters.
The mosque is a mix of Chinese and Arabic architecture. Chinese mosques during the Qing Dynasty had minarets that were a compromise between a pure Islamic minaret and a Chinese pagoda, i.e., they were minarets that were crowned with a pavilion-type roof. Moreover, Chinese mosques of that period had steles, or plaques, which reminded Muslim worshippers of their inescapable loyalty to the emperor. The Great Mosque of Hohhot has only a single minaret, which, incidentally, was not part of the original design, but was added on later.
Of the buildings here, all constructed in black brick, the grandest is the aptly named Grand Prayer Hall, behind which lies both the Teaching Hall and the Muslim Baths. All of the buildings within have Muslim characters. And it’s noteworthy are the over 30 volumes of ancient Koran scriptures, all written in Arabic. It is also possible, with permission, to climb the 15 meter-tall hexagonal minaret, which is topped with a pagoda style roof, for a nice view of the city.
Source : http://www.muslim2china.com/china-mosques/Hohhot-Great-Mosque-53.html
Photo credit : http://www.flickr.com/photos/43198692@N04/6138299032/in/gallery-islamicheritage-72157629648746206/

Kamis, 07 Februari 2013

Kölner Zentral Moschee in Germany

Location : Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europa
Description : Heilbronn - Das Gebäude selbst hat noch keine konkrete Form, die Vorbereitungen zum Bau der Moschee an der Weinsberger Straße nehmen dagegen Gestalt an. In diesen Tagen kommt eine Spezialfirma, um Probebohrungen vorzunehmen, die Aufschluss über die Beschaffenheit des Untergrunds geben sollen. 12 000 Euro lässt sich der Bauherr, die Ditib-Gemeinde Heilbronn, die Untersuchung kosten.
Überraschungen will man keine erleben, denn unter dem Neubau ist eine Tiefgarage mit 80 Stellplätzen geplant, wie Vorsitzender Erdinc Altuntas beim zweiten Infoabend zum Neubau erläutert.
Einweihung könnte 2015 sein
Die Nachbarschaft von Anfang an einbinden, Wünsche und Anregungen aufnehmen, das ist der türkisch-islamischen Gemeinde ein besonderes Anliegen. Der grobe Zeitplan steht. Im Frühjahr 2012 sollen die alten Gebäude mit der bestehenden Mosche abgerissen werden. 2015 könnte die Moschee eingeweiht werden.
Sieben Millionen Euro sind veranschlagt. Ein architektonisches Highlight und eine neue Sehenswürdigkeit von Heilbronn soll an der Stadteinfahrt entstehen. Altuntas zieht den Vergleich mit Köln-Ehrenfeld. Die imposante Moschee wird demnächst fertig und lockt viele Besucher.
Damit der Anspruch nach ansprechender Architektur auch in Heilbronn umgesetzt wird, ist ein Wettbewerb vorgeschaltet. Mindestens vier Büros werden beauftragt. „Unser Wunsch ist, dass es nicht nur unsere Mosche wird, sondern die Moschee von Heilbronn.“
 Sources :
http://www.stimme.de/heilbronn/nachrichten/stadt/Moschee-soll-Sehenswuerdigkeit-werden;art1925,2467116
http://europenews.dk/de/node/39528
http://de.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0043405

Rabu, 30 Januari 2013

Masjid Soko Tunggal, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Location: Tamansari, Kampung taman, keraton Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Description: Masjid ini dirancang oleh seorang abdi dalem kraton yakni Raden Ngabehi Mintobudoyo, dan dibangun dengan luas 288 meter persegi dengan menggunakan tanah wakaf dari Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX seluas 900 meter persegi. Masjid ini dapat menampung kurang lebih 600 jamaah. Sesuai dengan namanya Sokotunggal maka didalam akan kita jumpi satu tiang penyangga dengan bahan kayu jati berukir. Kayu jati ini didatangkan langsung dari Cepu, jawa tengah dan saat di tebang ini usia pohon jati tersebut 150 tahun. Dan untuk ukirannya adalah hasil karya seorang mahasiswa ASRI jurusan ukir bernama Sutarno. Ukiran yang dibuat mengandung makna filosofi yang mendalam, salah satunya yakni motif tumetesing embun yang bermakna siapaun yang mendirikan sholat di masjid ini akan mendapat barokah dari Allah SWT. Motif lainnya yakni Putri Mirong yang tampil dengan motif simbolik berupa nisan. Hal ini mempunyai makna bahwa manusia selalu ingat dan siap menghadapi kematian.
Source : http://yogyakarta.panduanwisata.com/wisata-religi/masjid-soko-tunggal-merupakan-filosofi-kehidupan/

Sabtu, 19 Januari 2013

Masjid Cheng Ho at Palembang City, South Sumatera

Location : Palembang City, South Sumatera
Description : Hajj Muhammad Cheng Ho not only visit Java Island and build a Masjid at Surabaya City, but He also visit Sumatera Island, the second biggest island after Kalimantan, and built a Masjid there. This Masjid named Masjid Cheng Ho too, to appreciate him for introducing Islam there. It located at Palembang City, South Sumatra. Like his brother in Surabaya, Masjid Cheng Ho Palembang build in Tiongkok style architecture somewhat like combination between Klenteng (Kong Hu Chu temple) style and Islam.
Source : http://islam-pilihan-ku.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Senin, 15 Oktober 2012

Masjid Qulsharif, Kazan, Russia

Location : Kazan, Russia
Description : Masjid Qolşärif juga disebut Qol Sharif, Kul Sharif, Qol Sherif melalui bahasa Tatar: Колшәриф мәчете dan Kul Sharif melalui bahasa Rusia: мечеть Кул-Шариф) adalah masjid yang begitu indah di Kazan, Republik Tatarstan, Federasi Russia. Masjid ini merupakan salah satu masjid indah dunia yang fotonya bertebaran di dunia maya. Arsitekturnya yang begitu indah menjadikannya sebagai salah satu objek foto pavorit. Masjid ini juga menyandang predikat sebagai salah satu masjid terbesar di Russia dan wilayah Eropa timur.

Jumat, 12 Oktober 2012

Masjid King Abdullah Mosque, Amman, Yordania

Location : Amman, Yordania
Description : This mosque located in El-Abdali district was completed in 1990 as a memorial to the late King Hussein's Grandfather. The beautiful and instantly recognizable Blue Dome Mosque is worth a quick look inside. Women will be asked to wear an Abaya (gown) and cover their hair.
The Islamic Museum, with a collection of pottery and photographs of His Majesty King Abdullah I, is located inside the mosque.
Source : http://www.atlastours.net/jordan/abdullah_mosque.html