Monday, 11 May 2015

Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosque

Masjid Jamek Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
3 Feb 2015 | From Wei-yi of Malaysia 
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As twilight gently falls upon Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosque, Masjid Jamek is truly an oasis of peace and tranquility in this modern and bustling city.

Built in 1909, Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah officially opened the mosque in 1909, two years after construction was completed. The mosque was built on the first Malay burial ground in the city. Before the national mosque, Masjid Negara, was opened in 1965, Masjid Jamek served as Kuala Lumpur's main mosque. The architect was Arthur Benison Hubback. The Masjid Jamek is situated, where both rivers the Sungei Klang and the Sungei Gombak meet. 

The Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur is the oldest mosque in KL. This is the very spot for Kuala Lumpur's history, where the early settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks. Masjid Jamek was the main mosque of Kuala Lumpur untill The National Mosque was built in 1965 near the railway station. The mosque has a Moorish, Indo-Saracenic or Mughal architecture. It was designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock, an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department, who was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul architecture of India.

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