Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
Religious tourism becomes one of Jepara’s allures these days. It is because the region has several historical and beautiful mosques for tourists to visit. One of them is located in Kauman Village and it was built during the reign of Prince Arya (the foster son of Queen Kalinyamat). Aside from the historical value, the mosque has a majestic appearance and becomes a nice object for photography. Here is the good news. Tourists are allowed to enter and explore the mosque thoroughly, as long as they do not litter or harm the building. It is recommended to ask permission from the keepers too, actually.
Some people call it Jepara Grand Mosque. Despite the name, the size is not as big as people may expect. The exterior looks unique due to its layered roof. In the past, it has 5 layers in fact! These days, though, the mosque only has 2 layers as it has undergone several renovations back then. In terms of nuance, it feels sacred and peaceful for sure. Moreover, the environment is clean and neat. What about the architecture? At a glance, it is similar to Chinese architecture! However, the mosque uses the famous local teak on most parts of it.
Exploring Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque
Those who visit Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque should find out information regarding the history of the mosque. Have no worries. They can ask villagers or a tour guide nearby. It is said the mountain has undergone 3 renovations. The purpose was to accommodate and fulfill the pilgrims’ need for praying. The last renovation is done in 1989 and it replaced the teak with concretes. Another noticeable change is related to the roof, which has two layers instead of five.
Despite the age, Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque looks sturdy and well-maintained. Some of the parts of the mosque retain the teak materials, in fact. The Indonesian locals take a good care of the teaks by polishing them regularly. No wonder, the mosque looks astonishing both in its exterior and interior parts. Thus, tourists can take advantage of it for photography and sightseeing. The most interesting object perhaps is the podium, due to the attractive carvings. Tourists should not forget to take photos of it, therefore.
In terms of location, Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque resides near to Jepara Square (located in the south of it). Thus, it is quite reachable and noticeable. According to the locals, the mosque is able to accommodate more than 1000 people! Even tourists are allowed to explore it, as long as they do not come during the prayer times. Littering is also prohibited.
- Mount Muria
- Sreni Forest
How to Get There
A trip to Jepara Regency takes around 2 hours and 2 minutes, as the distance is 78.1 km. The best route to take is Kudus – Semarang Street, actually. It is for the fastest trip, without a doubt. Once arriving at Jepara Regency, tourists only need to reach Kauman Village where the mosque is located. Have no worries. This trip takes only 4 minutes, as the distance is 2 km. As for the best route, tourists should take Shima and Ahmad Yani Street.
Where to Stay
- Majesty Hotel