The National Mosque is Malaysia's principal mosque and one of the
most prominent buildings in the city. It is located near the railway
station, along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
The National Mosque, which took three years to construct, was opened
on Aug 27, 1965. It is situated among five acres (13 hectares) of
Reputed as one of the more beautiful mosques in South-east Asia,
this uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression
of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation.
The most striking feature of it is the multi-fold umbrella-like
roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation.
It has 18 points, one for each of the country's 13 states as well
as the five tenets of Islam.
Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish
73m high minaret. The National Mosque serves as the principal mosque
for the city dwellers.
Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum
which are listed at the entrance. They need to remove their shoes
and must be respectably dressed. Special robes are provided if you
are not appropriately attired.