Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mosque Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Mosque Jamek, designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock, an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department, who was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul architecture of India.

The Mosque Jamek is situated, where two rives merged, River Klang and River Gombak. Right at this very place has the history of Kuala Lumpur started. The mosque was built in 1907 and officially opened by the Sultan of Selangor on December 23rd 1909. The mosque Jamek is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

This is the very spot for Kuala Lumpur's history started, where the early settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks. In the 1850s, early miners, mostly Chinese, would unload here their equipment and provisions. They would then trek up the jungle path to Ampang, where they would dig for tin. Mosque Jamed was the main mosque of Kuala Lumpur until The National Mosque was built in 1965 near the railway station.
The palm trees and the location on the banks of the Klang and Gombak rivers provide a tranquil setting that complements the Mosque Jamek exquisite domed tower.


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