Masjid Kampung Kling is located within the vicinity of the infamous Harmony Street, where houses of worship from various religions harmoniously coexist. Built in 1748 – like many Malaccan mosques built around that period – it displays strong Javanese and Oriental influences in its architecture.
The mosque was reconstructed and renovated in 1872 and 1908 to replace the original wooden structure with one made of concrete. In 1999, after a restoration exercise by the Department of Museum and Antiquity, it was declared a historical monument.
Instead of a conventional spherical dome, a triple-tiered green pyramidal roof sits on top of its main building. A pagoda-style structure forms its minaret and, combined with some Moorish elements, is an exquisite example of East-meets-West design. The mosque’s interior features English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns and arches, a Victorian chandelier and a mixture of Hindu, Chinese and Malay decorative elements. Its harmonious blend of styles and design elements from different cultures that results in an aesthetically-pleasing whole very much reflects the multicultural state.
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Masjid Kampung Kling : Malacca, Malaysia