Photo: Tengkera Mosque peeking through the foliage.

Tengkera Mosque

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Tengkera Mosque and Kampung Hulu Mosque near the Melaka River both date from 1728; there is some debate as to which wins the accolade as oldest mosque in Malaysia.

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Until the opening of Al Azim Mosque in 1990, Tengkera Mosque was Melaka’s State Mosque, indicating that it may have greater historical significance. The original structure was less elaborate than the form we see today, built of ironwood with a simple nipa palm roof. A number of modifications thought its history led to its present profile in 1910. Both mosques, along with later Kampung Kilng Mosque, Peringgit Mosque and their contemporaries in Melaka, follow what is known as the “Melaka Style”, with a Hindu-meru-style triple-tiered roof and four central pillars, along with Chinese influenced pagoda-like minaret. Decorative elements borrow from both Oriental and Occidental architectural vocabulary, reflective of Melaka’s rich trading history, with motifs strongly influenced by the local natural ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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