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.
|Jul 2020 IN THE CITY INDONESIA|
|JAKARTA MOSQUE PILLAR WORSHIPER|
July 15, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF