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Kuala Lumpur Jamek Mosque

Kuala Lumpur Jamek MosqueKuala Lumpur Jamek Mosque (8 February, 2006)

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The Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.14893, 101.69572) is the oldest mosque in the city (even though it is relatively recent compared to other mosques in Malaysia). It is located at Jalan Tun Perak at the historic confluence of the Gombak River and the Klang River. It was not easy to photograph the Jamek Mosque due to the many coconut trees surrounding it.

This beautiful mosque was designed by AB Hubback, the same architect who designed several other buildings in Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere in Malaysia including the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. The money to build it was raised by subscription from the Malay community and Government funds. The mosque was constructed on the site of the first Malay cemetery in Kuala Lumpur.

The Sultan of Selangor officially opened the Jamek Mosque on 23 December 1909. In attendance is the Resident of Selangor, HC Belfield, and other Government officials. AB Hubback created a design inspired by the Mughal mosque architecture of northern India, such as the Jama Masjid of Delhi.

Cupolas and minarets top the brick walls and arched colonnades of the Jamek Mosque. The prayer hall is surmounted by three domes. The central dome is 21m (70 ft) high. The prayer hall opens out into a walled sahn or courtyard which is now covered over. At the corners are two red-and-white striped minarets which are 26.8m (88 ft) high. The design of the Jamek Mosque is repeated on another magnificent creation of AB Hubback, the Ubudiah Mosque of Kuala Kangsar.

The Jamek Mosque was the principal mosque for Kuala Lumpur's Muslim community until 1965, when Masjid Negara took over that role.

Going to the Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur

The nearest train station to the Jamek Mosque is the Masjid Jamek LRT Station. From there, it is just a short walk to the mosque.

Jamek Mosque of Kuala LumpurThe Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur (6 June, 2004)

Jamek Mosque of Kuala LumpurThe Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur (6 June, 2004)

Jamek Mosque of Kuala LumpurThe domes of the Jamek Mosque (8 February, 2006)

Jamek Mosque of Kuala LumpurThe Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)

Jamek Mosque of Kuala LumpurThe minaret and cupolas of the Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)

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