Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Aceh Tsunami Museum and Baiturrahman Grand Mosque

In our short trip to Banda Aceh we made time to visit the Aceh Tsunami Museum and the great Baiturrahman Grand Mosque.

Walking inside the tsunami museum was an unforgettable memory. There was a long, narrow, dark lane that you had to walk through, surrounded with high wall by your sides dripping with water. It gave quite a tensed feeling, as if you were trapped in water. Then you get to a circular room with names of tsunami victims all over the circular wall, a soft serenade of prayers playing over the speaker.
There were also several other things displayed in the museum: photo and video documentations (didn't see the video, we didn't have enough time and I wasn't sure I wanted to see it).
And then we rushed to Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. The sky was clear blue, and this great mosque is magnificent. It is very beautiful, but we only took photos from outside of the entrance gate since we weren't wearing any head covering, it was forbidden to enter the mosque without proper clothing. 
So unfortunately you only get to see a little bit of this mosque's divine beauty. :)

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