The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located on the eastern side of Merdeka Square. The Moorish-style building serves as the headquarter of colonial administration when it was built in 1897. In addition, the building was named after the Sultan in honor of his Majestic as the ruler of the state at the time.
The building is the masterpiece of a British architect by the name A.G Norman who also designed the nearby St. Mary Cathedral. With that being said, the building consists of mainly red brick and white stone and its unique architecture draws upon Mughal, Egyptian, and traditional Islamic influence.
The attractive features of the mosque include elegantly arched windows, cupolas, an imposing porch and a soaring 133-ft clock tower. Other than these, the building is also complemented by two smaller towers crowned with gleaming copper domes.
During National Day and New Year Eve celebration, the building becomes the central of attraction where parades and possession will take place in front of the building.
Today the building houses the commercial division of Malaysia’s High Court and it’s not open to visitors. Nevertheless, its unique and beautiful architecture makes it one of the capital’s most photographed landmarks in the country.
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