Photo: Within the main prayer room.

National Mosque

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While Masjid Jamek is a far more interesting mosque and certainly more pleasing to the eye, Kuala Lumpur’s National Mosque (Masjid Negara), is worth a look if you’re planning on a visit to the nearby Islamic Arts Museum.

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Built on the site of a church which had stood there since the early 20th century, the mosque was opened in 1965, and has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers—it is the largest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. A renovation in 1987 added a layer of bling to the interior appearance, or in words of our guide made it “more exciting”.

Think coconut palms. Photo taken in or around National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Think coconut palms. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The design is quite curious, with the central roof intended to bring an open umbrella to mind while the minaret is said to be a closed umbrella—umbrellas apparently used as a symbol of the tropics. The roof also has a folded concrete appearance from a distance, it certainly isn’t the most attractive part of the mosque, but this design did allow for a larger area within for prayers, without the need for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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