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"Sultan Abdul Samad Building" Sultan Abdul Samad Building Tip by Willettsworld

Dominating the eastern side of Merdeka Square, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the centrepiece of colonial architecture in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly known simply as Government Offices, construction began in 1894 and the building was completed in 1897. Constructed entirely of bricks, the building has a front façade which is 450 ft (137.2m) in length, and an imposing porch in the centre. The porch holds three horseshoe arches and the piers supporting them are 4 ft thick. The 135 ft (41.2m) central tower holds a clock that first tolled during Queen Victoria's birthday parade in 1897. The tower is topped by a copper dome that is in turn topped by a copper chatri. The structure takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began and today houses the Supreme Court.

Address: Jalan Raja/ Merdeka Square,
Phone: +60 1-300-88-5050

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