The best way to appreciate the Blue Mosque is to stand in the 34.5 acre Garden of Islamic Arts. This was the incredible vision of Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. In 1946, he became the Tengku Laksamana of Selangor and four years later the crown prince. From 1960 until his death in 2001, he was the Sultan of Selangor (Selangor Sultanate). This means he was the head of state for 41 years. He also was Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king of Malaysia) from 1999 until 2001. Among all of the educational and government buildings plus infrastructure he commissioned during his reign, he is best remembered for this mosque bearing his name: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque.