Exploring Jakarta’s Unique Space of Religious Tolerance

Written by Amani Vassiliou

In the heart of Jakarta, on the north eastern corner of Mardeka Square, one can find a reprieve from election tensions surrounding religious tolerance.

Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third largest in the world, stands proudly across the street from the old Catholic Jakarta Cathedral.

These two places of worship co-exist harmoniously as a physical manifestation of Indonesia’s religious tolerance and diversity.

Amani Vassiliou has the story.




About The Author
Amani Vassiliou

Amani Vassiliou is in her final year of a Journalism/Arts degree with a dual major in International Relations and English Literature. She has previously undertaken an internship at Art Asia Pacific magazine in Hong Kong.