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- Istiqlal MosqueJul 05, 2012
Istiqlal Mosque is a mosque of the Republic of Indonesia is located in the center of the capital Jakarta. Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia.  Construction of the mosque was initiated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the time, Ir. Soekarno where the first stone erection, as a sign of the commencement of construction of the Istiqlal Mosque made by Ir. Sukarno on August 24, 1951. Istiqlal Mosque is the architect Frederich Silaban, a Protestant Christian.
Location of this mosque is located in a field east of Merdeka Square in the middle stands the National Monument (Monas). The main building of this mosque consists of five floors. This mosque has a dome 45 meters in diameter. This mosque can accommodate up to more than two hundred thousand worshipers. 
Besides being used as acts of worship of Muslims, the mosque was also used as the offices of Islamic organizations in Indonesia, social activities, and general activities. The mosque is also one of the famous tourist attraction in Jakarta. Most tourists who visit general domestic tourists, and some foreign tourists who are Muslims. Non-Muslim communities are also able to visit this mosque after previously received debriefing information about Islam and the Istiqlal Mosque, although that may be visited as part of non-Muslims is limited and must be accompanied by a guide.
On each day of Islam such as Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Hijri New Year, Birth of the Prophet Muhammad and the Isra and Mi'raj, the President of the Republic of Indonesia has always held a religious activity in this mosque that was broadcast live on national television (TVRI) and partially private television.
Source : http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masjid_Istiqlal