Ranked #8 in Malaysia tourism. Crystal Mosque in Malaysia is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. There are no doubts that today mosques function not only as the sacred sites for Muslims but they also attract tourists due to their rich history and outstanding image.
Crystal Mosque (also called Masjid Kristal) is located at the Wan Man island in Kuala Terengganu and it is incorporated in a larger tourist attraction called Islamic Heritage Park, which includes not only Crystal Mosque but also several replicas of mosques for example the well-known Taj Mahal, Masjid al-Haram, Aleppo Citadel, Al-Hambra Mosque. The planning and realizing such impressive park took lots of resources and work (the estimated budget that was spent on the realization is about$ 80M) but in 2008 it was finally opened for the guests. Among all the sites, the Crystal Mosque is the most famous and visited sightseeing highlight of the park. Just imagine yourself standing in front of this solid and shiny architectural wonder. Indeed, to some people it might seem like a scene from a fairy tales and legends, which used to tell us about magic golden palaces. The visual effect is truly amazing and it is certainly worth seeing this unbelievable building both from outside and inside.
The mosque was built in the period between 2006 and 2008. Crystal, steel and glass were used as the three main materials in the construction and altogether they form a really incredible and astonishing look, which has been the reason to rank Crystal Mosque among the most beautiful mosques in the world. Another interesting fact is that this is the first mosque in the world to be equipped with different up-to-date amenities including wireless internet connection. The capacity of the mosque is quite imposing too, since there about 1, 500 worshipers can be taken in at one time.
Although the traditional historic mosques carry some exciting stories from the past, one should not make a little account of the new ones and Crystal Mosque is a great example. As a breath taking engineering achievement this mosque building shows us that nothing is impossible – even crystal buildings.