Ampel Mosque

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Masjid Ampel

The Gate of Ampel Mosque in the Arab quarter of Surabaya, January 14, 1927

Coordinates: 7°13′49″S 112°44′34″E / 7.230306°S 112.742853°E / -7.230306; 112.742853Coordinates: 7°13′49″S 112°44′34″E / 7.230306°S 112.742853°E / -7.230306; 112.742853
Location Surabaya, Indonesia
Established 1421
Branch/tradition Islam
Administration Surabaya government
Architectural information
Style Javanese
Length 180
Width 120
Covered area 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft)
Area 21,600 square metres (233,000 sq ft)

Masjid Ampel or Ampel Mosque is an ancient mosque located in the Ampel sub-district, district Semampir, Surabaya, East Java. The oldest mosque in East Java was built in 1421 CE[1] by Sunan Ampel where his tomb complex is located within the area.


The mosque, which is currently one of the religious attractions in the city of Surabaya, are surrounded by buildings with Chinese and Arab architectures. In the left side of the mosque there is a well that is believed to be the auspicious well, typically used by those who believe to strengthen a pledge or oath.[2]

The tomb complex built with a walled courtyard and gateways. The structures led up to the grave of Sunan Ampel. Panataran, dedicated to Siva of the mountain, comprises a sequence of three walled compounds called Jeroan, Jaba Tengah (with the accillary temple or Perwara) and Jaba (the last and the highest, containg the main shrine).


  1. ^ Let's Go, Inc. Staff (2004). Let's Go Southeast Asia 9th Edition (illustrated ed.). Macmillan. ISBN 978-03123-35670. 
  2. ^ Rujivacharakul, Vimalin; Hahn, H. Hazel; Tadashi Oshima, Ken; Christensen, Peter (2013). Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-98882-08050. 

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