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Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

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Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman is the grandest and most important mosque to Acehnese people, and survived the 2004 tsunami.

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This magnificent stark white mosque with black, shining domes was originally built in the 12th century in the time of Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsah and later expanded and improved by subsequent sultans. During 1873 the mosque was used as a base by Acehnese warriors who were fighting against Dutch military units. Eventually the Dutch overran the base and subsequently burned the mosque to the ground. In 1879, construction began on a new mosque and over time it has been expanded and improved upon on numerous occasions.

It’s possible to enter the grounds of the mosque, but women must wear a headscarf and men must wear long pants. It is forbidden to enter the mosque itself unless you are Muslim. This a top spot in Banda Aceh for photos. Check it out at night for a different perspective.

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