Masjid Jamek Muar

Masjid Jamek Kedua Muar (Jamek Kedua Mosque, Muar). 1999. Detail (the Cupola) Photograph by Tjan Kwang Wei 2007.[You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

There have been three Jamek mosques in Muar. According to the Virtual Malaysia and other sites, "The first Masjid Jamek Muar was built between the years 1884 and 1887, and this building no longer exists. In the 1920s, a committee was formed to consider building a new Masjid Jamek for Muar. In 1925, works to construct Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim began. Five years later, in 1930, the mosque was completed. This second mosque is a mirror replica of Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim and was built on the opposite bank of Muar River in Tanjung Agas. The two mosques formed a spectacular landmark, especially for those two who enter Muar from the river mouth. Masjid Jamek Kedua [a third mosque] was completed in 1999 and can accommodate 5,000 prayers [worshippers]." Unlike so many mosques erected recently in Southeast Asia, which follow the style of Middle Eastern architecture, this one takes form in the classical style that dates to the days of the British empire. [GPL]

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