Located in Jalan Tun Perak,
this Moorish mosque rests on the confluence of the Klang and Gombak
Rivers, the birth-place of Kuala Lumpur. This is the very spot where
the first settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks.
The mosque, which dates from 1908, is
the oldest in the city. It was designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock,
an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department,
who was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul architecture of India.
The boldly modern National
Mosque is located near the railway station, along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
Its roof, designed in the shape of an eighteen-pointed star, has the
appearance of a partly opened umbrella roof. The mosque was completed
in 1965, and it is situated among five acres (13 hectares) of beautiful
gardens. Visitors are required to remove their shoes. Special robes
are provided if you are not appropriately attired.
Sri Mahamariaman Temple
Built in the late nineteenth
century, this is one of the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temples
in the country. The detailed decorative scheme for the temple incorporates
intricate carvings, gold embellishments, hand-painted motifs and exquisite
tiles from Italy and Spain. The Sri Mahamariaman Temple is the departure
point for the annual Thaipusam Festival pilgrimage
to the Batu Caves, and the temple
houses a giant chariot that is used each year to transport a deity
in the procession. Located along Jalan Bandar, Kuala Lumpur.
Located at Jalan Perdana,
facing the National Mosque, is the Islamic Centre (Pusat Islam), a
modern building of cubist and Islamic architecture. It is the centre
of Islamic learning, art, design, and culture, and houses local and
international Islamic exhibits.