One cannot venture far in the capital of Malaysia without coming across a stunning mosque. While each and every one is noteworthy, arguably the most magnificent of them all is Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. Here, a look inside Kuala Lumpur's most stunning religious structure.
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, otherwise known as the Federal Territory Mosque, first opened on October 25, 2000. It only took some four years to construct and was built in the middle of a garden on 33 acres of government land. It is one of the largest and modern of all the mosques in Malaysia, coming in at 47,000 square meters in size.
Including the outdoor grounds, the mosque can hold up to 17,000 worshippers at one time. People tend to come early to pray as not everyone can fit inside the air-conditioned dome, and many are forced to pray outside. The mosque consists of four floors and is home to a school, library, and, of course, the impressive prayer hall.
The hall is adorned with awe-worthy Islamic designs and features, including the magnificent mehrab. It is here visitors will find semi-precious stones actually embedded into the carved marble and was done so by descendants of the same artisans who built the famous Taj Mahal in India.
Each architectural aspect of the religious structure has taken on many different styles from the most noteworthy of mosques from around the world. The Islamic designs throughout the religious structure are arguably some of the most stunning of all the mosques in the city, with motifs and architecture hailing from Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and more.
The turquoise blue color of the dome is typical of mosques in Iran. The marble floor resembles those found in India. The cool verandas are lined with Moroccan inspired archways, with a spacious courtyard featuring the main arch: one of the mosques most memorable attributes.
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan was built this way in hopes of being inclusive of mosques found around the world. In doing so, visitors will be able to connect with the structure on a deeper level and feel at home while partaking in prayer, regardless of where they come from.
While this mosque does draw upon those from around the world, it does hone Malaysian beauty in style in many attributes, as well. For example, the intricate wooden floral carvings found on the doors, screens, and the mimbar are inspired by Malaysian architecture. Floral patterns are found throughout the mosque, as well, as it is symbolic of Islam.
What makes this mosque unique from others found in Kuala Lumpur are the many domes it is equipped with. Typical mosques are home to one, while Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan has 22. Each one is adorned with turquoise-glazed tiles inspired by the Sultan Ahmet mosque in Istanbul and the Masjid Imam of Isfahan.
Be sure to participate in a free tour while visiting Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. The Masjid volunteers switch every two hours and are incredibly informative and helpful as they take visitors throughout the mosque and explain the architecture, answer any questions about Islam or the structure, and everything in-between. The free tours are available every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Eid Fitri and Eid Adha holidys.
How to get there
The Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan Mosque is situated in the Federal capital of Kuala Lumpur. The easiest way to get there is to take a Grab or taxi. Grab is normally about half the price of taxis and visitors will save themselves from the possibility of being ripped off in doing so. Visitors can also take the bus to the mosque from KL Sentral, Jalan Stresen Sentral 3 (U83) or from Pasar Seni (B115). Entrance into the mosque is free.
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Address: Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (Jalan Duta), 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia