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Masjid Raya Baiturrahman

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Masjid Raya baiturrahman is located in the Central part of Banda Aceh, the administrative center and largest city in the province of Aceh. The province of Aceh is on the Northern coast of the island of Sumatra, which is part of the greater Sunda Islands and is the sixth largest island in the world.

In Banda Aceh is home to slightly more than a quarter of a million residents, and the city became known after in December 2004, there was an underwater earthquake in the Indian ocean caused a devastating tsunami. Killed about 130,000 people, tens of thousands were injured, and destroyed the building. This earthquake has not only reached the shores of Indonesia, but also Sri Lanka, Thailand, southern India. It should be noted that the Indian ocean earthquake in 2004, is considered the third force in the entire history of observations. Banda Aceh was nearly wiped off the face of the earth, it took several years to rebuild the city.

One of the main attractions is the Masjid Raya baiturrahman, which is considered a symbol of the Austronesian people of Aceh - residents of the province. Will be interesting the fact that the mosque survived the 2004 tsunami and during the flood that followed the tsunami, its domes have saved a lot of people. The original building of the mosque was built in 1612, during the reign of the Sultan of Aceh, Iskandar Muda. There is an assumption that the first building of the mosque was built even earlier in 1292. During the expansion of the Netherlands, the mosque was destroyed. In 1879, began construction of a new building of the mosque by the Dutch colonizers as a sign of reconciliation.

Initially, the mosque was adorned with one dome and one minaret, but during renovations in 1935, 1958 and 1982 was even finished domes and minarets. Today the mosque has 8 minarets and domes 7.