Federal Territory Mosque features stunning architecture, interior spaces and botanical gardens
Arguably one of the most striking and harmoniously-designed buildings in Malaysia, the vast Federal Territory Mosque Kuala Lumpur is breathtaking on a number of levels. Completed in 2000 and built around the ‘mosque in the garden’ concept, the Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan – as it is officially known – boasts 47,000 sqm of space that can accommodate up to 17,500 people at a time.
Located close to the city centre near the MATRADE building and Jalan Duta government complex, the mosque is a place of worship where profound spirituality meets fine art and craftsmanship. Architectural and design influences embracing Malay, Indian and Middle Eastern traditions: the main stairway leading up to the mosque’s principal entrance and main prayer area is carved from Langkawi marble; a towering fresco of the same type used to build the Taj Mahal is inlaid with semi-precious gems, mother-of-pearl flowers and Quranic inscriptions hand-carved in Jaipur, India; while an inspiring astronomical effect is formed by star-shaped columns that drop from the ceiling directly above the pulpit from where the Imam conducts prayer services.
Wood features heavily in the building. Carvings on the wooden ‘curtains’ and main door are crafted by local carvers from the states of Kelantan and Terengganu. These are based on motifs from local flowers like the tikam selendang, cempaka, kenanga, tanjung and jasmine. Characteristic of mosques the world over, a centrepiece dome 45 metres high and stretching across 30 metres in the main prayer area is complemented by 21 other domes throughout the complex.
Landscaping is a key feature of Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. A water pool surrounds the huge mosque, reflecting its key features while the building itself sits resplendent within three gardens: the Jungle Garden featuring trees from Malaysia’s tropical rainforest; a recreation garden bursting with flora from around the world; and a medicinal garden, replete with herbs, medicines and scented flowers.
Free guided tours of the mosque are available thrice daily for visitors. Last year 4,384 people visited the mosque. Shoes must not be worn inside the complex and normal etiquette in a place of worship should be maintained at all times.
Federal Territory Mosque
WHERE Jalan Duta
WHEN Every day
TEL 03 620 18791