Alor Besar

Nusa Tenggara

The fishing village of Alor Besar is where you'll find Al Quaran Tua, a 12th-century Quran made from bark and integral to the seeding of Islam in the Alor Archipelago. It's held at the town mosque, Masjid Jami Babussholah, which is open to tourists for a 50,000Rp donation from sunrise to sundown.

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