Sunday, July 19, 2009

National Mosque

The National Mosque is the main house of worship for the inhabitants of Kuala Lumpur ,as the hundreds of cars parked outside on a Friday will testify.It has a 73-metre-high minaret and an 18-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella design of the dome gives the mosque a unique contrast to other onion shape domes and minaret of the buildings within its vicinity. Based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca it has with 48 small domes and a grand prayer hall that is topped by the main dome with folded-plate roof in the shape of "semi-opened umbrella"

Pools and fountains are spread throughout the compound.Situated among five acres (13 hectares) of gardens, the building consist of a prayer hall, multi purpose hall, the warrior mausoleum, a library, offices, open courtyard and the minaret. The upper deck houses the main prayer hall and a pool.The Grand Hall which easily accommodates up to 8000 people, is surrounded by deep verandas which are screened off by white grilles of traditional Islamic designs.A very serene place to walk around for an hour or so

A short walk from the mosque is the Islamic Arts Museum,which contains amongst it's exhibits scale models of many famous mosques from around the world and exhibits from the days of the Ottoman Empire.

Exhibits are well labelled,the collections are quite extensive and the museum is definitely worth a visit

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