Month: July 2019

What You Don’t Know About The Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was named after the reigning Sultan of Selangor at that time, Sultan Abdul Samad.

The first thing that will strike you is the ‘Mahometan’ style of building, also known as ‘Neo-Saracenic’. This style comes from India where it modelled a few Muslim mosques from there. Construction of the building began in 1894 and was completed after three years. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was originally known as the new Government Offices and housed the Public Works Department, the Survey Office, the Treasury, the Post and Telegraph Offices and some of the departments of the Federated Malay States.

The largest building of its day, it is constructed entirely of brick. The parts that look like cream stones are actually plaster covered brick. The front fa?�ade stretches 137 meters in length. It has a large porch in the centre. If you look carefully at the porch, you will see three horseshoe arches, with vertical structures supporting them. If you step back a little you can marvel at the 41.2 metre clock tower. This clock was first heard during Queen Victoria’s birthday parade in 1897 at an event attended by the cr?�me de la … Read More