The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the most prominent classic landmark of Kuala Lumpur. It was the best known symbol of Malaysia until the Petronas Towers were built and still today one of the most photographed buildings in Malaysia. Built between 1894 and 1897 it was designed by A.C. Norman and R.A.J. Bidwell in Mogul architectural style and features copper domes and a 40m high clock tower. The building was named after the then Sultan of Selangor and over its lifetime it has served as government offices and as a High Court and Supreme Court. Today, like its neighbouring buildings, it is occupied by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. While the architectural style is not particularly Malaysian and would look more at home in India, it has come to symbolize Malaysia and has played an important role in the country's history.
Although the British Colonial Masters have long gone more than 54 years ago from Malaya the structure and the buildings still remain for many years to come as part of the history as well as the living proof for the newer generations to see, learn and study.
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