The inside of Masjid Istiqlal was simple yet undeniably majestic. Large metal columns support the grand domed prayer hall, while four levels of balconies line its circumference. Peering down into the hall from one of the balconies was a sight to behold.
My wife and I were lucky enough to catch afternoon prayers because the lines of worshipers really gave perspective to the vastness of the palatial room. Seeing so many people all kneel and pray as one was humbling. No matter where we go, the spectacle of a group of devotees paying respect to something they hold so dear is always one of the most notable cultural events we could experience, one that we treasure.