Jamek Mosque ~ Places to Visit in Kuala
The uniquely Mogul Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosque in the city. Located at the confluence where the Gombak river flows into the Klang river, it is the very spot where the initial settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks.
Jamek (Jamik) is derived from Arabic. It means a place of congregation for religious purposes.
Inspired by the Mogul
architecture of India, and designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock, an
architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department, the
structure has chatris, domes, cupolas and minarets and arched colonnades.
Built at a cost of then RM 32,625, the money was raised by subscription from
the Malayan community and Government funds.
This striking brick and marble building was officially opened on 23 December, 1909, after two years of construction by the Sultan of Selangor Sir Alauddin Sulaiman Shah.
Until the opening of the National Mosque in 1965, Masjid Jamek served as the city's principal mosque.
Another interesting fact
about the mosque is that, it was constructed on the first Malay Burial
Ground in KL.
At the corners are two red and
white striped minarets, identical in design with chatris (umbrella-shaped
cupolas, usually domed and open-sided) on the top.
Best Way to Visit -
PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
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