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Pictures from Putrajaya in Malaysia: the Putra Mosque and the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

Putrajaya: the Putra Mosque
The Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Putrajaya is a planned city located 30 km south of Kuala Lumpur. The city, named after the first Prime Minister of the country, Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al–Haj, was created in 1995 in line with the Government's policy to provide a more balanced development away from Kuala Lumpur. It serves as the federal administrative center of Malaysia. However, Kuala Lumpur is still Malaysia's national and legislative capital.

Since 2002, a high speed rail link called KLIA Transit has linked Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Putrajaya.

The city combines both historic and national structural styles with ultra-modern materials. It is still undergoing construction. 38% of the area of the city are reserved for green spaces. Putrajaya is planned to be a model garden city with sophisticated information network, the so-called World’s First Intelligent Garden City. Just west to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, a cyber-city, aspires to be the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. Both cities share the same KLIA station which is located in Putrajaya
The Putra Mosque, also known as Masjid Putra, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya. It is located in front of Putrajaya Lake and next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister's office. It is named in honor of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.  

Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. The Mosque has a large main dome of 38m diameter with eight smaller domes of 7.75m, plus a  116-metre high minaret (the highest in Southeast Asia). The main dome and smaller domes are made from pink granite. In contrast, the administrative buildings are characterized by green domes.

Putrajaya:  the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, commonly known as Iron Mosque (70% of the structure is made from steel), is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya. It is located right next to the 68-metre high, pillar-shaped Millenium Monument at Putra Lake, opposite the Palace of Justice, about 2 km to the Putra Mosque.

Construction began in April 2004 and was completed in August 2009. With a capacity of 20,000, this magnificent Mosque was named after Malaysia’s 13th Yang Dipertuan Agong (elected monarch as head of state of the Federation of Malaysia). With its facade made from 4,300 m² of stainless steel spiral mesh that protects worshippers against drafts while letting the cooling wind penetrate the whole building as a pleasant flow, the mosque features a natural air-conditioning system.

The mosque is a masterpiece in the balance between traditional design and modernism.

Putrajaya Lake is a 650ha man-made lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world.


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