The Masjid Jamek is situated, where both rivers the Sungai Klang and the Sungai Gombak meet. Right at this very place has the history of Kuala Lumpur started. The mosque was built in 1907 and officially opened by the Sultan of Selangor on 23rd of December in 1909. The Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur city.
This is the very spot for Kuala Lumpur’s history, where the early settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks. In the 1850s, early miners would unload here their equipment and provisions. They would then trek up the jungle path to Ampang, where they would dig for tin. Masjid Jamek was the main mosque of Kuala Lumpur until The National Mosque was built in 1965 near the railway station.
This beautiful mosque was also designed by Arthur Benison Hubback or more popularly known as AB Hubback, an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department. It is the same architect who designed the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, KTM Headquarters, National Textile Museum and The Ubudiah Mosque. Obviously Arthur Benison Hubback was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul architecture of India as reflected in all his architectural works. Having served in India, he utilised his knowledge of Anglo-Asian architecture in the region. Besides The “Mugha Architectural” style was not uncommon at the time.
The Masjid Jamek cost RM32,625 and the money was raised by subscription from the Malaysian community and Government funds. Its palm trees and the location on the banks of the Klang and Gombak rivers provide a tranquil setting that complements the Masjid Jamek’s exquisite domed tower.
There are three domes surround the prayer hall; the central dome is 21.3m (70 ft) high and is flanked by two lower domes. The biggest dome at the centre was collapsed in the 1990s and later rebuilt. At the corners are two red and white striped minarets. At the corners are two red and white striped minarets 26.8m (88 ft) high, identical in design with chatris (umbrella-shaped cupolas, usually domed and open-sided) on the top. A large number of small chatris top the entrances and corners of the Mosque.
Commonly referred to as the “Friday Mosque, the crowd will be over flooded up to the street and the LRT Station nearby (no wonder they name it Masjid Jamek station) on Friday.