Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mosque Week - Masjid Putra


A sight when one enters Putrajaya that cannot be missed since it is so prominent in the landscape is the pinkish hued Putra Mosque, one of the biggest mosque in the new Federal administrative center as well as boasting in typical 'Malaysia Boleh' sentiment, the tallest minaret (116 meters) in the region. It was named after our first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj. The mosque can be clearly seen aflot on the man made lake from most direction since little construction has been built that can block its view by the lakeside, adding to its viewing prominence. Crossing the various Precincts and bridges one can view a panaromic view of the mosque and certainly it offers a photo moment no one can resist.


The mosque is divided into 3 distinct areas, the prayer hall, the 'Sahn' or courtyard and lastly the learning center and functional areas. 12 columns supported the prayer hall with the highest point below the dome standing at 250 feet above ground. The courtyard is landscaped with water featured and is surrounded by colannades. The mosque has a capacity to hold 150,000 worshippers at a time. It's architecture is modeled after the Persian Islamic style of the Safavid period with a touch of local Malay flavour. The main entrance is a rectangular gate with arched features and khat writing on the top modelled again after Persian elements.



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