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[Photos] Saigon’s 81-Year-Old Downtown Mosque, 1958-1979

As high-rises go up and Saigon’s historical buildings come down, more than a few of District 1’s landmarks have disappeared. The Jamia Al-Musulman Mosque, however, remains in the heart of the city, rubbing shoulders with souvenir shops and fancy restaurants along Dong Du Street.

Built in 1935, the city’s central mosque has survived decades of social upheaval. In these photos, courtesy of Flickr master manhhai, Jamia Al-Musulman appears very much the same, albeit with a different paint job. Take a look at these images, taken between 1958 and 1979, below:

1958.

1962 (left), 1963 (right).

1965.

1961 (left), 1969 (right).

1969.

1971.

1979.

1979.

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[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]


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