PUTRA MOSQUE - PUTRAJAYA

 

 

PUTRA MOSQUE

MALAYSIA

 

 

 

Facing the scenic Putrajaya Lake, the Putra Mosque (Masjid Putra) in Putrajaya is arguably its most distinctive landmark and one of the most modern mosques in the world. It is also a major tourist attraction here in Putrajaya with its astonishing glowing pink color.

 

Putra Mosque At Putrajaya

                               Photo: Putra Mosque with the Prime Minister's Office at the

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A showcase of how mosque designs have evolved in Malaysia, Putra Mosque's Islamic-architecture artistically blends traditional designs, local craftsmanship and the use of indigenous materials. The mosque is modeled after Persian Islamic architecture of the Safavid period with elements derived from other Muslim cultures. Incorporating a mixture of Malaysian, Persian and Arab-Islamic architectural designs, the main entrance to the mosque is fashioned in the likeness of public building gates in Muslim Persia. Its 116 meters minaret is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar mosque in Baghdad, while the basement wall of the mosque resembles that of the King Hassan mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

 

This place of interest in Putrajaya is constructed in rose-tinted granite which gives its desert-pink hue that offsets the cengal woodwork on doors, windows and panels. The Prayer Hall is simple and elegant and supported by 12 columns that prop up the 36 meters diameter main dome. The mimbar (pulpit) and mehrab (niche that denotes the direction of Mecca) are adorned with khat or Islamic calligraphy. A unique feature has been added to the sound system design whereby front throw speakers are used to create the effect of all sounds originating from the direction of the imam and is full of worshippers during the Friday prayers.

 

The mosque complex which can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers are also used to hold conferences, seminars and symposiums. Worshippers can also congregate at the sahn or paved courtyard in front of the prayer hall. The courtyard is landscaped with water features and can hold an additional 5,000 people. Easily the most recognizable attraction in Putrajaya, leaving this place without taking a photo of this famous pink mosque in Malaysia is really doing yourself an injustice.

 

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