exhibit various design influences, a testament to its rich and colourful past as a 16th century maritime trading centre that attracted merchants from around the region.

Among the mosques that showcase foreign influences are the Kampung Hulu Mosque, Kampung Kling Mosque and Tengkera Mosque.

Kampung Hulu Mosque

The Kampung Hulu Mosque was built in 1728. This building is fairly unusual for a mosque, inspired by the Sumatran architecture. The roof consists of three levels and its dome is made of carved sea stones. Instead of minarets, there is only one tall tower, structured like a pagoda. This the oldest functioning mosque in Malaysia in its original location.

Kampung Kling Mosque

Located in Chinatown, the Kampung Kling Mosque is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Malacca. Built  the in  1748, Sumatran-style building features a watch tower- cum-minaret and a multi-tiered roof which is commonly found in Indian architecture.However, some believe that it was structured after the Chinese pagoda. Interestingly, the arcade around the prayer hall features a series of Corinthian columns, reflecting European influence.

Just two kilometres outside of Malacca city is the famous Tengkera Mosque. Built in 1728, the mosque is built in an unusual rectangular shape. It has a three-tiered, pagoda-like structure instead of the normal dome. Intricate carvings and designs fill the interior and exterior of the mosque.

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