Attraction Second Cross Street, Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque is special ?
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is a beautiful mosque at Second Cross Street, in the Pettah Bazaar area of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is one of the most striking buildings in Colombo. Completed in 1909, the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is striped red and white like a layer cake, a design that is reminiscent of another mosque which was also completed in 1909, the Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur. Admittedly, though, the Jami-Ul-Alfar is the more garish of the two. The architect of the Jami-Ul-Alfar was one H.L. Saibo Lebbe, and construction began in 1908, completing the following year.
- Amazing calmness inside
- Striking architecture & paint-job
- Candy-cane mosque
- Unusual red and white mosque
- A marvellous structure
Second Cross Street, Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tips for you
I went to this mosque right after I arrived at CBS bus station Pettah from Airport. The Pettah market itself was confusing but somehow I reach this mosque. It was Friday afternoon and It was that time to perform the Friday prayer and I had a chance to do it here. The Mosque is huge inside, but it is currently undergoing renovation, probably to add more floors. There were a lot of people praying here, after all it was Friday.It is definitely worth a stop by and go inside if you have the chance.
Also called the “Red Mosque”, the mosque was built in 1909. The stunning red and white candy-striped mosque was designed by H. L. Saibo Lebbe and is reminiscent of Malaysia’s Masjid Jamek.