Unique blend of Javanese Hindu and Islamic culture and architecture
Masjid Perak or Silver Mosque is the second biggest mosque in Kotagede. A striking symbol of modern Islamic identity it is very different to its ‘big brother’ the Grand Mosque which was built in Javanese style with strong Hindu influences.
Modern Islam grew very fast under the influence of the Muhammadiyah, a Yogyakarta-based reformation organisation. They built this mosque in 1937, supported by the many silver merchants in town, who also took care of the splendid silver decorations, hence the name: silver mosque.
Unique cultural blend
If you look carefully, you can find some traditional Javanese inspired nuances in the interior, which is built in Javanese joglo shape.A beautiful example of how everything in Kotagede will always remain a unique cultural blend of Javanese and Islamic culture.