Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is one of the most famous landmarks in Johor Bahru. Constructed between 1892 and 1900 and named after the person who commissioned it, Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar, its architecture is influenced by Moorish design. It’s blue roofing and black tipped minarets grab the attention of many motorists plying Jalan Skudai.
The mosque faces Lido Beach; the Malaysian side of the Johor Strait. Nested on top of a hill, the compounds of Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque offers a wonderful elevated view of Singapore.
The mosque’s building is almost a perfect square and its trims, pillars and arches are very detailed and sports obvious European influences. The design of Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is attributed to Haji Mohamed Arif Bin Punak and its construction is spearheaded by Dato’ Yahya Bin Awalluddin.
The mosque is one of the largest in Johor and can easily accommodate around 3000 worshippers. Lots of religious and social activities are held in Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, including sermons, Quran lessons and Muslim wedding solemnizations (akad nikah).
Although non-Muslims are not permitted into the mosque, visitors are welcomed to explore the compounds of the mosque. It’s unique architecture and idyllic surroundings make it a must visit location for engineering enthusiasts as well as photographers.