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Melaka Straits Mosque
The Melaka Straits Mosque, also known as Masjid Selat Melaka, is one of the most beautiful and noteworthy mosques in Malaysia. Built on the man-made Malacca Island (locally called as Pulau Melaka), the mosque overlooks the Malacca Strait, one of the longest and busiest straits in the world.The mosque has been open to the public since 24 November 2006, and the opening ceremony was performed by Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Supreme Head of Malaysia. It took around MYR10 million to build this magnificent mosque.Located on the southern shore of the 40-hectare man-made island, Melaka Straits Mosque is a true testament to Malay and Middle Eastern craftsmanship. Though the overall structure bears a modern Islamic design, the main dome has a more Middle Eastern vibe.The façade is adorned by stained glass windows that feature traditional Islamic motifs, a brilliant shade of gold colors the dome, and the unusual minaret resembles a lighthouse. The mosque is built on stilts, and during high tide, when the water level is just right, it looks as though the mosque is floating on the ocean!
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