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Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque

The Jami – Alfar Mosque on 2 nd Cross Street is painted with red and white stripes, similar to an old –fashioned, candy-striped barber’s shop. Its col – our scheme makes its very hard to miss amongst all the other rather shabby Pettah buildings. Over a 100 years old , the mosque was constructed in 1908. Just inside the entrance , the inscription reads the architect was H.L.Saib Lebbe. A friendly security guard may allow you inside ( even if you are a women ) to view the washing ponds and the rear view of the mosque’s clock tower . Women’s are not permitted to go inside the prayer halls . The mosque is soon to undergo expansion to make it into a four – storey complex catering foe between 7,000 – 8,000 worshippers at one time . However , the façade will retain its current character . Avoid visiting on Fridays when it is at busiest.