Photographer's Note

Demak Mosque ... is 1st mosque in Java and belivably dating back about 15th or 16th century. The mosque is located at the west of "alun-alun" (main square) of Demak. This is the grandeur mosque for Javanese moslem.
This picture shows the four main pillar that support the high roof of the mosque. They are originally made of "single" teak wood with the size of about 60cm in diameter. Except the front right pillar was donated by the most popular Javanese sufi leader during 16-17th century called "Sunan Kalijogo". It was not made of one single teak wood, but a collection of chips of teak wood as the waste of the grandeur jobs building this mosque in 16th century.
The mosque roof itself (not shown in picture) shows the typical style of Javanese mosque roof, constructed in 3 roofs, that differs from the main idea of Middle East mosque, where Islam derived from, forming a "dome".
Surprisingly ... this mosque roof style can also be seen in Malaka - Malaysia ... That must be due to Malaka was also the main route of Islam trade at around 15-18th century ...

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