Take the time to visit and explore these wondrous buildings!
Being a predominantly Islamic country, Malaysia has a mosque in practically every street corner to cater for its large Muslim population. This has given rise to the construction of some truly amazing masterpieces, mosques that are as much a religious centre as they are visages of beauty.
Sitting within 13 acres of garden land, the country’s main mosque was built in 1965. Inspired by tropical Malaysia, the 16-pointed star concrete main roof resembles an unfurled umbrella, while the minaret’s cap looks like a closed one. Adding to the beauty are numerous pools and fountains in the compound.
Its full name is the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, and it’s the Selangor state mosque. It‘s Malaysia’s largest mosque, and the second largest in Southeast Asia. The striking blue and silver dome, which grants it its name, is the largest religious dome in the world. The mosque also has the world’s tallest group of minarets.
Built in 1909, this iconic mosque is one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur, and is also called the ‘Friday Mosque’ by locals as it attracts many worshippers for Friday prayers. Its location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River makes it a landmark of the city, and it is a hugely popular tourist hotspot.
Rose-tinted granite covers the dome of this mosque, which has a basement wall that resembles that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Sited by a lake in the nation’s administrative capital, Putrajaya, the mosque sports a towering minaret with five tiers for the five pillars in Islam.
Located within the Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man in Terengganu, this mosque utilises copious amounts of glass and crystal in its construction. The innovative use of these materials lends it a truly unique look, with the water beneath it accentuating its sparkly nature.
Also in Terengganu is the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque. It is known as the Floating Mosque, as it appears to sit on the surface of a lake. Its design incorporates Moorish and modern architecture, and is built using marble, ceramics, mosaic and bomanite.