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Red Mosque, Colombo

The Red Mosque, also known as Jamiul Alfar and Sammankot Mosque, is situated in Second Cross Street, Pettah, the bustling commercial centre of Colombo. Built in 1909, it is a well known landmark known for its beautiful red and white façade going up to 5 storeys.

A remarkable feature of this mosque is that instead of the usual white, each brick of this building has been painted in red and white creating a striking design. This mosque is of Indo-Saracenic architecture with pomergranate shaped domes. It was originally built as a place of worship for South Indian businessmen. Today the numbers have swelled so that for Friday Jummah prayers 5,000 devotees attend.

Red Mosque in the 1960s
Red Mosque as it stands today
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