Masjid Negara, The National Mosque is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art. It’s design is based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca with 48 small domes and the main dome has the character of a multi fold “semi-opened blue umbrella” that is the roof which symbolises the 5 pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia. The 73 meter tall minaret has the shape of a “closed blue umbrella”.
The National Mosque of Malaysia has a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres (53,000 m2) of beautiful gardens. The original structure was designed by a three-person team from the Public Works Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. The mosque was built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall which had stood there since 1922 but appropriated by the Malaysian government. The mosque is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia.
Its key features are a 73-metre-high minaret and an 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously - the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minaret's cap a folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof is a creative solution to achieving the larger spans required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound.
Very impressive interior, a must see of KL ....
The National Mosque is located just across the street from the old KL Railway Station. The location was chosen by the country first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj; as he want it to be easily accesible by those people from outstation who come to KL by train. (It is common for Muslims travellers to drop by at the nearest mosque to cleanse up and perform their prayers before continuing their journey. If it is late in the evening, mosque is also often use a place for them to stay overnite).
Completed in 1965 at a cost of RM10million, the building consist of a prayer hall, multi purpose hall, the warrior mausoleum, a library, offices, open courtyard and the minaret.
The prayer hall is sheltered by a folded-plate roof in the shape of "semi-opened umbrella" with 18 pleats radiating from the centre. Its minaret is in the shape of "closed umbrella" stands at 72 metres from the ground. This umbrella design gives the mosque a unique contrast to other onion shape domes and minaret in the buildings within its vicinity.
The 16-pointed start which works as its roof can be seen from many skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. This and the 73 metre high minaret are the most obvious characteristics of this building. The building of a new national mosque as a symbol for the independent country was planned shortly after the country's independence in the late 1950s. However, Masjid Negara was not finished until 1965. The National Mosque contains a mausoleum for several national heroes, including Tun Abdul Razak. The mosque is accessible to tourists, but please respect the usual rules for visiting a mosque (proper clothing, including headscarf for women.
Some people say that the shape of the roof is a symbol for the five pillars of Islam and the states of Malaysia. However, those people also say that the roof is an 18-pointed star (which it is not) as Malaysia consists of 13 states (and never of 11 only).
This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
The central roof appears to be first glance a partially unfolded umbrella.
The building itself includes a hall, a mausoleum, a library, offices, an open courtyard and a minaret. The Grand Hall is surrounded by deep veranda's. They provide a praying area and can easily accommodate up to 5000 people.
The mausoleum, situated at the rear of the mosque, stands in a circular reflecting pool and is connected to the main building by a covered foot-bridge. It is circular in shape and is covered by a pleated shell concrete dome similar in shape to that of the Grand Hall but with only seven folds, one of which covers a reserve for the national hero’s tomb.
Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance.
Built in 1965, this uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret. Located on 13 acres of landscaped gardens near the Lake Gardens, it can accommodate 15,000 worshippers. The original structure was designed by a team from the Public Works Department, UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim.
Word of warning: If you're easily offended then you shouldn't come here as when I visited (in Feb 2009) there were large banners draped off the outside of the mosque that seemed to denounce American products such as Starbucks, Coco-Cola and Colgate toothpaste (for some reason) and a dead child's head resting on top of rubble with slogan's about Palestine and Israel. Now there's a place for everything but surely this isn't it when foreign visitors come here to visit. Can you imagine this kind of thing being plastered along Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral?
One of the best , not the biggest, mosques in Malasiya. Beautiful and exciting architecture. If you want to see all of it you should have some scarf and suitable dress, espacially women.
You can join your visit to this mosque together with Museum of Islamic Arts. These two places are in a same area.
As one of the Southeast Asias's largest mosque, it's unique modern design embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum. Shoes are removed and must respectively dressed. Special robes are provided (free) if one is not appropriately attired.
This mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang & Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. This is the city's oldest surviving mosque. Its design was inspired by Mogul architecture in northern India. Cupolas & minarets top the brick walls & arched colonnades while a 70-feet dome surmounts the prayer hall. It was the city's principal mosque until the opening of National Mosque in 1965.
This is the most distinguished mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It has a unique stylised, star-shaped dome. Its minaret stands impressively against the skyline. Within its beautiful grounds are pools and fountains. Visitors are required to be appropriately dressed while visiting the mosque. Robes and headscarves will be provided for ladies.
Opens 9am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm & 5-6:30pm.
he Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur. It has a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres of beautiful gardens. The original structure was designed by a three-person team from the Public Works Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. Originally built in 1965, it is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia.
Its key features are a 73-metre-high minaret and an 18-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously - the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minaret's cap a folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof is a creative solution to achieving the larger spans required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound.
This beautiful mosque is one of the landmarks of KL with its spectacular dome. It is an 18-pointed star shaped dome with a relaxing blue colour. 18 sides represent 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pilars of Islam. This huge mosque is a must-visit when you are in KL. There is a special entrance for tourists and non-muslims where you are given a purple gown to enter the mosque. Every visitor has to remove shoes before entrance and respect dress code. Fridays are very crowded just like churches on Sundays. If you want to visit the mosque on Friday, do it before or after Friday prayer (avoid 12 am to 2 pm).
This "old" National Mosque was also once a must-visit for Malaysians visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time. It is located next to the National Monument and so you can visit both places at same time.
The mosque is small compared with the giant sized modern mosques. But I like its modern stylized architecture reflecting Islamic dome and minaret into geometric straight lines.
It belongs to the Independence era of 1957 onward period.
The National Mosque (Masjid Negara), built in 1965 opposite the equally striking main railway station, is easily recognisable with its 73 metre high slim white minaret and the bright blue roof.
This roof is an 18-pointed star and somehow looks like a near-opened umbrella. The 18 points symbolise Malaysia’s 13 states and the five pillars of Islam. The Grand Hall has capacity for 8000 people.
The mosque was one of the first major buildings erected after independency. It cost ten million ringgit and sits in five hectares of landscaped garden. There are several ponds in the courtyard. Very important people of Malaysia are buried in the garden.
Open daily 9am to 4pm, Friday only 2.45pm to 6pm.
You are welcome but have to wear decent clothes, take off your shoes before you enter.
There is a separate entrance for women – you can lend a scarf for your visit.
This beautifully constructed building has a 75m minaret and a central roof that at first glance appears to be a partially unfolded umbrella. It has 18 points, one for each of the country's 13 states as well as the five tenets of Islam.
The mosque, which took three years to construct, it was opened on Aug 27, 1965.