Deserted Hall In Istiqlal Mosque

Deserted hall in Istiqlal mosque
Shot at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

As it was not the time of prayers, the inside of the huge Istiqlal Mosque was deserted

After a short walk along the fence, I arrived at the place which was supposed to be the main entrance of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. The reason why it was supposed to be the place was that it was closed for construction. The place where one would normally be able to enter the building of the mosque from here was blocked off. It was marked with a large 'Renovation underway' sign. Workers who I saw earlier were working on the renovation of the Istiqlal Mosque.

Anyway, Monas was closed, and the Istiqlal Mosque is under renovation. I didn't know that I couldn't visit two of Jakarta's major attractions. When I was overwhelmed, I suddenly noticed a sign on the fence that said 'Temporary Entrance is over there'. It was true that the mosque is under renovation, but it seemed that I could still enter it. When I calmly think about it, it is rarely impossible to use it at all because it is a religious institution.

Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third-largest in the world. As it was not the time of prayers when we entered, there were not many visitors inside. A few people were sitting down on the ground turning to the mihrab. Therefore, the size of this mosque was emphasized so much.


About Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque (Indonesian: Masjid Istiqlal, lit. 'Independence Mosque') in Jakarta, Indonesia is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world in terms of worshipper capacity. Built to commemorate Indonesian independence, this national mosque of Indonesia was named "Istiqlal", an Arabic word for "independence". The mosque was opened to the public on 22 February 1978. Within Jakarta,...

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 15, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography