One of the nation’s most beautiful mosques, the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is a must visit when in Johor, Malaysia. Apart from its impressive architecture and design features, it also offers some spectacular views of the area.
Completed in 1900, the mosque is named after Sultan Abu Bakar; historians credit him as being the father of modern Johor due to his leadership and the development that took place during his time. Easily accessible from a centrally located Johor hotel in the city, this sacred site is well worth visiting.
The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque can be found on Jalan Skudai and is close to the Royal Abu Bakar Museum. Within a 15 minute drive from Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, the mosque is located on a hill which offers stunning vistas of the straits of Johor.
One of the most prominent aspects of the mosque is its unique design which features a blend of 19th century Victorian architecture with Malay and Moorish elements. Four minarets that have a distinctive British feel to them, Victorian style windows and striking archways are amongst its noteworthy exterior highlights, while inside is a huge prayer hall with Roman pillars.
Non-Muslims are permitted entry to this protected heritage monument, but a strict dress code is observed and one must ensure to dress modestly and appropriately.
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