Located in Alor Setar, Kedah, this fabled mosque has been an icon for the northern state that is famous for its paddy fields – and it is also dubbed as the royal mosque of Kedah.
This beautiful architectural gem is easily recognizable, due to its signature black domes, the most significant feature of Masjid Zahir - the main dome of the mosque is surrounded by five small domes, representing the five pillars of Islam. The design of the mosque is almost similar to Masjid Azizi, a mosque located at the Northern Sumatera - an inspiration to Masjid Zahir’s design in which their similarities are the domes and the ornamented walls.
The praying hall of this iconic landmark of Alor Setar was designed with a perfect square of 62ft x 62ft. Look upwards and embrace the inner design of the dome, decorated with carvings of verses from the Holy Quran. The other 5 domes are designed on top of an 8ft wide verandah walkway surrounding the main praying hall - providing a serene atmosphere for everyone who strolls around the walkway.
If you are a photography enthusiast, make sure to capture all the intricate details of Masjid Zahir, especially the double columns and the ornamented arches. Visitors are encouraged to visit the mosque at dawn for a stunning view of red and orange sky.
Throughout its life span of more than 100 years, Masjid Zahir has gone through only two major renovations, in 1960 and 1975.
If you are planning to visit Masjid Zahir, make sure to also stop by the nearest main attractions of Kedah. Continue to embrace more culture and heritage in Kedah State Art Gallery and Kedah Royal Museum. Another landmark of Kedah, Menara Alor Setar is just a walking distance from Masjid Zahir.
All visitors of all religions and beliefs are required to cover up (including wearing a headscarf) upon entering the Mosque as a sign of respect.
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