Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Detail of facade of Jami Ul-Alfar
Basic information
Location Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Affiliation Islam
Website http://www.redmasjid.com/
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Indo-Saracenic
Groundbreaking 1908
Completed 1909

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque (known colloquially as the 'Samman Kottu Palli',[1] 'Rathu Palliya' or 'Red Masjid' or the 'Red Mosque') is a historic mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is located on Second Cross Street in Pettah. The mosque is a popular tourist site in the city.


Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque was built in 1909 by the Pettah Muslim community to fulfill their required five-times-daily prayer and Jummah on Fridays. It is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo.

Before other landmarks were built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port.

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  1. Deen, M. Haris Z (9 October 2015). "Saibo Lebbe: The unlettered architect who designed and built Red Mosque". The Island. Retrieved 28 January 2016.

Coordinates: 6°56′19″N 79°51′06″E / 6.9385°N 79.8518°E / 6.9385; 79.8518

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