Last updated by joyce at 2013-11-3
Built in 1974, the Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia. It is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia and is the Islamic activity center of Malaysia, covering an area of 5.5 acres with a capacity of 8,000 people. In 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the country’s first Prime Minister since its independence, proposed the building of this mosque. In August 1965, the construction was completed. Its design and decoration are based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca, but the traditional Islamic culture and art are embodied via a modern approach. The main buildings of the Masjid Negara include minaret, chanting hall, Heroes' Mausoleum and the office building. The mosque rooftop is a 18-pointed star, consisting of 49 circular archs of various sizes, among which, the largest one has a diameter of 45 meters. In the center of the architectural complex, there are pools and fountains. Besides, there is a 73-meter-tall minaret pointing to the sky. Inside the mosque, there is a chanting hall with a capacity of over one thousand people. The decoration and design of its chanting hall, corridor and library are similar to those mosques in Mecca. Near the mosque, there is a Makam Pahlawan (Heroes' Mausoleum), a burial ground with 7 coffin pits for placing coffins of Malaysia’s national Islamic heroes, such as Tunku Abdul Rahman (the country’s first Prime Minister) and Tun Abdul Razak (another Prime Minister). Visitors are welcome but are required to dress respectably and remain solemn. They can also put on the long robes which are provided by the mosque.
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