National Mosque - Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur

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    Masjid Negara

    by mary2u99 Written May 9, 2006

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    This building had a unique star shaped done representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.

    It has a 73 meters high minaret.

    Proper dress code is imposed here or you will be ask to wear a robe and headscarves are provided.

    Operating hours: Open to tourist from 9:00am -12:30p, 2:00pm - 3:30pm and 5:00pm - 6:30pm.

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    The Mosque

    by xaver Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    This mosque includes a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentats.
    Its most striking feature is the multi fold umbrella like roof which symbolizes the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
    The national mosque serves serves as the principal mosque for the city dwellers.

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    Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    National Mosque

    by Ines28 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Built in 1965, this modern white-marble building is a stark contrast to the Masjik Jamek across the river. The upper deck houses the main prayer hall and a reflecting pool. The Grand Hall is surrounded by deep verandahs which are screened off by white grilles of traditional Islamic designs. The floor of the Grand Hall is carpeted and the remaining area is finished in terrazzo. The Grand Hall is sheltered by a folded-plate roof in the shape of a 'semi opened umbrella' with 18 pleats radiating from the centre.

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    Giant Umbrella

    by city_guy Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    Ok, it's like this: If you're into Mosques, then you would want to go see our former national mosque in the city. But this time it's all renovated and lighted up. So a night visit would be lovely just like it is in the picture.

    If I were to discribe the history on it, It'll be at least 3478 words. I'm pretty sure most of you know what a mosque is used for but if you so desire for more info on this one here, please drop me an email and I'll send you the info.

    Located next to the old Railway Station and Railway Administration building, this is a short walk from the Chinatown area.

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    National Mosque

    by chiabh Written Nov 24, 2004

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    The National Mosque (or Masjid Negara) was completed in 1965. Its unique design embodies a comtemporary expression of traditional islamic art, calligrahy and ornamentation.

    Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance to the mosque...

    the national mosque - with blue roofing....

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    The National Mosque.(Masjid Negara).

    by DunaKal Written Jul 9, 2003

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    This current National mosque was bulit in 1965,it has blue dome with star-shaped with 18 points, one for each of Malaysia's 13 stated and the 5 pillars of Islam.Another 48 smaller domes emulate the great mosque in Makkah.

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    THE MAIN MOSQUE IN KL

    by stevemt Written Nov 3, 2006

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    The main mosque in KL is open at various times to visitors. (They close to the public at various times for religious reasons.)

    You have to remove your footware to enter, but you are welcome to go in, wander around, the only restriction is that you do not disturb the faithful in prayer.

    In a lower level is the islamic school which you can look down into.

    The grounds are very tranquil, very serene and peacefull. Its a haven in a very busy city.

    Recomended for a visit.

    The Mosque Inside The main prayer hall looking down onto the school
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    National Mosque

    by phil_uk_net Written Mar 12, 2003

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    Malaysia is a Muslim country so I felt an obligation to visit the National Mosque as it is the centre of Islam in the country.
    I am not a Muslim so there was no religious significance for me but it was fairly interesting all the same.
    The roof, designed in the shape of an eighteen-pointed star, looks like a partially opened umbrella.
    Appropriate clothing is required but is available to borrow if you are not suitably attired.

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  • National Mosque

    by yen_2 Written Jul 27, 2003

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    They say, most of the people when they get there have their own umbrellas because of the heat. so, they build a very big unbrella like dome instead a round one.

    This boldly modern Mosque is located near the railway station. Its roof, designed in the shape of an eighteen-pointed star, has the appearance of a partly opened umbrella roof. The mosque was completed around 1960's, and it is situated among five acres (13 hectares) of beautiful gardens. Visitors are required to remove their shoes. Special robes are provided if you are not appropriately attired.

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    Masjid Negara

    by cheekymarieh Written Jan 1, 2003

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    The mosque lies in some vast gardens and is said to be one the largest in Asia. It’s design is based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca with 48 small domes and the main dome which symbolises the 5 pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia. As with all mosques you are required to take off your shoes (and cover your head if you’re a woman). Make sure you are suitably dressed if you want to go inside.

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    An 18-pointed Roof symbolising Malaysia and Islam

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 11, 2008

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    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.

    Slim monaret, umbrella-like roof.
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    National Mosque

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    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.

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    National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur ...

    by TrendsetterME Written Feb 27, 2012

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    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 ....

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    National Mosque

    by Twan Written Mar 14, 2012

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    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”.

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