Take one look at the Malacca Straits Mosque and you would think it is floating on water. This beautiful modern mosque is white and heavenly to behold. More popularly referred to using its Malay name, Masjid Selat Melaka or Masjid for short, this frequently photographed mosque is located on the southern end of the man-made Malacca Island, which is to the south of the city of Malacca. The mosque is facing the famous Malacca Strait. It is built on stilts over the water so that it looks as though it is floating when water levels are high. This functioning mosque that looks more like a dreamy theme park than a religious institution was opened on November 24, 2006, with Opening Ceremonies led by the supreme ruler of Malaysia, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra. Cost of construction of this extremely beautiful structure is MYR10 million.
About Malacca Island
The magnificent mosque is the main attraction of the artificial island, which is a RM1.5 billion project of the Government of Malaysia. On the man-made island, the plan is to develop 4,387 residential units and 4,180 business units. Soon there will be marine theme parks, marina, hotels and other facilities near the Masjid on this island that is projected to soon be the leading leisure-cum-tourism destination in Malaysia. [Read more…]