Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah
Nearby is the 99-metre (325 ft) tall Asmaul Husna Tower, designed to resemble the tower of a mosque in Kudus; the height represents the 99 attributes of Allah. Used for calling Muslims to prayer, the tower also houses a radio station for dakwah and museum at its base and restaurant and observation deck near its summit. The upper levels are accessible by lift. On premises there is also a 23-room hotel.
Tim Koordinasi Pembangunan Masjid Agung) which consisted of state bodies such as the provincial and city governments as well as private bodies such as the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). Of the waqf land once under the purview of the Kauman Mosque of Semarang, only the site at Jl. Gajah was deemed large enough. In September 2001 the team published a proposed construction schedule. Funding came from the provincial government.
Construction began on 6 September 2002, when minister of religion Said Agil Husin al-Munawar, head of MUI Sahal Mahfudz, and governor of Central Java Mardiyanto laid the first stake. While the mosque was still under construction, Chabib Thoha led Friday prayers on 19 March 2004. The mosque was dedicated on 14 November 2006 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife.
In October 2008, a rotating restaurant opened on the eighteenth floor of the Asmaul Husna Tower; at the time of its opening, it was the furthest off the ground in Indonesia and could seat twenty diners. The mosque is also a tourist attraction, with buses and trams available to transport visitors around the grounds.
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