Melaka World Heritage Site :: Kampung Hulu Mosque
Kampong Hulu Mosque is the oldest mosque in Melaka and was built in 1720 by Dato Samsuddin Bin Arom, a representative for the Malays during the Dutch colonial period. During that time religious pluralism was allowed to flourish, and the local populations headed by “Kapitans” constructed places of worship according to their needs. It was later renovated by Wazir Al Sheikh Omar bin Hussain Al-Attas.
This building is fairly unusual for a mosque, inspired obviously more by Sumatran architecture than by the Arab prototype. The roof consists of three levels and the inside roof is a dome made of carved sea stones.
The regionally characteristic roof consists of three ascending layers of flared pyramidal roofs, separated by gaps to allow direct air and light into the building. These tiers are held aloft by four great columns in the center extending to outer columns for the lower, wider roofs.
Like other Malaccan mosques, Chinese influence can be found here, its crown like pinnacle surmounting the roofs and the curved leaves. It further incorporates materials imported from the Chinese Qing Dynasty, such as ceramic roof and floor tiles.
GPS Coordinates: 2.199265N, 102.247573E Show on map
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