Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mosque Image, Grand Mosque, Mosque Minaret

I am so thrilled to see the different mosques in Malaysia, but mostly just from afar. I was no able to go inside, though I was able to roam around in the vicinity. They were large structure of awe and beauty.

Another grand mosque in Malaysia is the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar, which I was not able to see, thus no photo. All the photos in my site are my personal photos taken during my trip.

This is the Masjid Negara, the national mosque of Malaysia. Its main roof is symbolically shaped like an open umbrella (above photo) while the high minaret is shaped like a closed umbrella (photo below).
The 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 (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. 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-meter-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.

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