Jakarta. The construction of a grand mosque in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara, is expected to be complete before the Idul Adha holiday.
The mosque, combines the style of the Bayan Mosque in North Lombok and traditional architecture of Sembalun, East Lombok.
"This is the second largest mosque after the Islamic Center in Lombok. The roads leading to the mosque have been layered with asphalt. Now a steel roof is being installed. ... It will be complete before the Idul Adha holiday in August," the head of the 10 prioritized tourism destinations team, Hiramsyah Sambudhy Thaib, said on Monday (19/06).
The mosque is going to be as impressive as the Islamic Center, which was designed after one of the first mosques in the history of Islam, the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. At night, the mosque's facade will be illuminated.
"A team from Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation [ITDC] is working non-stop throughout the month of Ramadan to reach the August target. The mosque should be operational for Idul Adha," Hiramsyah said.
It will be able to host up to 2,000 people.
The mosque was built by ITDC in an effort to accelerate the basic and supporting infrastructure of the Mandalika Special Economic Zone.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has requested that the mosque construction be followed by other infrastructure developments.