2 Iconic Mosques To Visit In Kota Kinabalu

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

 

2 Iconic Mosques To Visit In Kota Kinabalu

 

Formerly known as Jesselton during the British occupation of North Borneo, Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah has become one of Malaysia’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Like the rest of Muslim-majority Malaysia–with its grand mosques–KK is also home to two breathtaking architectural landmarks that incorporate Islamic architecture in its design.

 

 

1. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Surrounded by a man-made lagoon, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque was given the nickname “The Floating Mosque” because of the illusion it makes. It is currently the second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu after Sabah State Mosque located just 15 minutes away.

Construction of the city mosque started in 1989 and was finally opened to the public in February 2000. With its iconic gold and blue dome, its design incorporates Islamic and modern architecture and was made to resemble the Prophet’s Mosque (Nabawi Mosque) in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

It is now considered the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu and can house up to 12,000 people.

Read in full: Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

 

Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

 

Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

 

Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

 

 

2. Sabah State Mosque

Designed by Malaysian architect Dato Baharuddin Abu Kassim in the 70s, Sabah State Mosque incorporates a combination of Islamic architecture and contemporary design. With its slender sculptural minaret and onion-shaped dome known for its unique honeycomb cladding, this architectural beauty is not as widely visited by tourists compared to the floating mosque.

Like most places in Kota Kinabalu, it is also home to hundreds of doves that you can feed if you happen to have a piece of bread in hand.

Read in full: Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Sabah State Mosque’s minaret surrounded by smaller golden domes

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Sabah State Mosque in Kota Kinabalu

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Some of the worshippers as they exit the mosque

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Just some of the doves as they are fed

 

 

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