The Putra Mosque in the Federal Territory of Putrajaya is one of the most iconic structures here and among the most prominent mosques in the country. This is mainly because it is one of the largest mosques which is where the Prime Minister and other leaders come for prayers.
The pink coloured building stands majestically around the square that leads to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Perdana Putra. It has a very distinct design mainly due to the color of the walls. Its rose-tinted granite walls are specially designed to provide the space for prayers and other religious practices here.
The construction of Putra Mosque started in 1997 and took 2 years to complete. The name was used to honour Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The construction of the mosque was said to be about RM250 million and was undertaken by Dato Dr Nik Mohammad bin Mahmood from the SeniReka Sdn Bhd group.
The overall design of the mosque was inspired from several elements where its Islamic-architecture character was derived through a fusion of traditional and modern motifs. Its model was taken through the Persian Islamic arhictecture ideas which came about during the Safavid periods as well as other related cultures. Another distinctive element of the structure is the Prayer Hall which comes with 12 columns that hold the main dome.
Meanwhile, the King Hassan mosque in Casablanca in Morocco was used as the inspiration for the basement walls of the mosque with the Sheikh Omar mosque in Baghdad drawn for the 116-meter minaret of the mosque.