Finding Islamic Architecture in Kuala Lumpur
I always had a thing for Islamic architecture. Maybe it’s because my favorite number is 1001 and I love nights, or maybe I’m just a big fan of the childhood movie Aladdin. Wherever it comes from, I always find religious buildings interesting, be it a church or a mosque. I just have an extra thing for Islamic architecture because this form does not limit itself to religious constructions.
Islamic architecture can be found throughout the world, being it a mosque in your hometown or the streets of Arabia. One area in the world I love in particular; the area surrounding the Masjid Negara (National Mosque) in Kuala Lumpur. This area is home to many amazing constructions. The old Stesen Kuala Lumpur, the National Mosque, the Museum of Islamic Arts. All these constructions have one thing in common; their design is rooted in Islam.
It’s amazing to see that a country does its best to distinguish their modernity from other parts of the world. Where many modern cities adapt the stain-glass skyscrapers that rule about every skyline in the world, the skyline of Kuala Lumpur is unique. It holds many traditional values in its architecture, not just Islamic. Cities like this I love the most, because they are unique. I can look at a stain-glass building in New York, in Shanghai, but I can also just take a tram to Rotterdam and see it. This is no fun, no sir. I love the distinct characteristics in modern buildings, I just do. And a visit to this area of KL just had to happen.
Stesen Kuala Lumpur. The most beautiful train station in the world and my starting point for the architecture in this area.
The National Mosque of Malaysia
In my eyes a very beautiful place! I don’t know the meaning, but feel welcome to share it if you know it!
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Unfortunately it was closed when I got here but I told myself I would go here once I set foot in KL again!
Amazing building across the Masjid Negara. Can you see the arches that are so typical?
What’s your favorite kind of building? And where can we find it?