SABAH STATE MOSQUE, located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, is the state mosque of Sabah. Construction of the mosque began in 1970 and was completed in 1974. Thereafter, interior details such as engravings, mosaic, electrical systems, etc, took 1 year to complete.
The design was inspired by the architectures of other mosques such as Al Aqsa in Palestine, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Jame In New Delhi and Lahore. The 215 foot minaret was inspired by Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. The mosaic gracing its main dome and the 16 smaller domes were imported from Italy and the entire building is covered with marble.
Occupying 14.5 acres of land and strategically located between Jalan Mat Salleh and Jalan Sembulan of Kota Kinabalu City, the Mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. There is also a special balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time, with room for up to 500.
To reach the Mosque, you could hail a cab from the KK City for a fare of about RM10-00 or take the bus at the Wawasan Terminal for a nominal charge of about RM1-00 (but you need to walk about 500m more).
Admission is free but proper but proper dressing etiquette must be observed. Please avoid visiting on Fridays, as the Mosque will be filled with worshippers for Friday prayers.
– Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide
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