Masjid Syuhada, The Great Mosque to Commemorate Moslem Struggle to Gain Independence, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Masjid Syuhada is located at Jalan I Dewa Nyoman Oka No.13 Kotabaru, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This mosque is witness of moslem struggle to gain Independence. This mosque keeps candrasengkala and as well as the commemoration of Indonesia Independence Proclamation that it is delineated in important buildings such as 17 steps of stairs, 8 side pillar shape on its gate and four lower cupolas and 5 upper cupolas (17 -08-45 or 17 August 1945, Indonesia Independence Day)

The building has 3 floors, the lower floor is used as learning room that is equipped with 20 windows that is expected to be reminder of 20 natures of God, Allah. At the second floor is used as prayer room for women, where there are two pillars, that support the building delineate 2 faiths of human. While at the third floor, is the main prayer room, for Friday prayer at the priest (imam) room (mihrab), there are five ventilation that represent 5 pillars of Islam.

In August 17th 1950, the Mecca direction was set on ground, currently a building stands there. On 23 September 1950 or 11 Dzulhijah 1369, on Aidul Adha, Sri SUltan HB IX as Republic Indonesia Defence minister, officially initiated the construction of the mosque.  Two years later on 20 September 1952, the whole building was finished and it was officially opened in Islam New Year, 1 Muharam 1372.

The mosque erection was intended to fulfill the necessity of Moslem generally and especially to give honor to the struggle of Yogyakarta moslem that support the community, nationa and RI.  And the mosque is also a monument to commemorate heroes died in defensing Indonesia Independence.

The mosque is a blend of various architectural style. It has Persian, Indian and Indonesian style. The round dome in the middle is the main dome, surrounded by small domes on its corner. It has 3 floors that gives the opportunity to the moslem community to hold various activities.