National Mosque ~ Places to Visit in
The National Mosque is Malaysia's principal mosque and one of the most prominent buildings in the city. This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Malay and Islamic design.
The most striking
feature of it is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which
Situated among 12 hectares of beautiful gardens, the mosque was built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall which had stood there since 1922 and appropriated by the Malaysian government.
Its location was chosen by the country first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj; as he want it to be easily accessible by those people from outstation who come to the city by train.
It is common then for Muslims travellers to drop by at the nearest mosque to cleanse up and perform their prayers before continuing their journey or if it is late in the evening, mosque is also often used a place for them to stay over.
A proposal was made to name
the mosque Masjid Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, in recognition of Tunkus
efforts in guiding the country to gaining independence. However, Tunku
refused this honour; on the contrary he named it Masjid Negara (national
Mosque) in thanksgiving for the countrys peaceful independence without
The folded plates of the
concrete main roof is a creative solution to achieving the larger spans
required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread
throughout the compound.
Its minaret is in the shape of
"closed umbrella" stands at 72 metres from the ground. The original
structure was designed by a three-person team from the Public Works
Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and
The Dewan (multipurpose hall,) is located on the South side of the mosque and serves as an all-purpose hall with a seating capacity for 500 persons.
The mausoleum, situated at the
rear of the mosque, stands in a circular reflecting pool and is connected to
the main building by a covered foot-bridge. It is circular in shape and is
covered by a pleated shell concrete dome similar in shape to that of the
Grand Hall but with only seven folds, one of which covers a reserve for the
national heros tomb.
It has the distinction of having being visited by President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. on April 2014..
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