Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pinkish Putra Mosque - Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putra Mosque - a floating view from the lake
Putrajaya is relatively a new town in Malaysia and along with other unique buildings, the  Putra Mosque began construction in Jun 1997.  It took 2 years to complete the mosque which cost approximately USD 81 million.  Its architecture has the influence of Moorish and Persian design. Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque on condition that they must be properly covered and robes are provided if necessary. There is a small gallery where visitors can view the interior and take pictures.   
Putra Mosque and Prime Minister Office (the green dome) from a distance

The mosque is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Hajj. Upon completion on 1st. September, 1999 this principal mosque of Putrajaya has constantly been receiving visitors from all over the world. 

Today, this 1.37 hector site of Putra Mosque is the most popular place of worship visited by the locals and foreign tourists.  The view from the lake while cruising is just simply amazing as part of the mosque is encircled by the lake.    During school holidays and weekends the area is packed with tourist buses and vans.  It takes about 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya but it is closer from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). 
The dusky pink interior of Putra Mosque
Visitors to Putra Mosque clad in blue robes
The pink dome dominates Putrajaya landscape

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