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Jami Ul Alfar Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Jami Ul Alfar Mosque in Colombo, A Moorish Masterpiece 

It’s been exactly a month since my insane solo trip to the “land down somewhere”. I call it “the Australia of South East Asia”. Sure, there’s no comparison being in the teardrop of India. It’s an intense escape and an awesome adventure to be at a city as raw as Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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First real adventure on the list: Jami Ul Alfar Mosque. Whenever I get the chance to travel to a new place, there’s something about these kinds of sites that induce my liking. I make sure that I get to visit local churches or mosques just to see what kind of faith and fervor people have. By default, these types of structures have history written all over it, so it makes it simpler for me to grasp how their culture and society came about, making it a little bit easier to adjust and blend in too.

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This historical structure of belief is one of the oldest in the city and it’s one of the most popular too. When I reached the place through their local three wheeler, I felt I was in the wrong place. I just could not find it anywhere. The street was being overly dramatic with all the hustling and bustling, and not to mention, gawking of people. I knew something was up (literally) – because people were staring at me in utmost curiosity, and then glancing upward in a direction I instantly followed by foot.

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Then there it was, this humble yet imperial mosque. The exteriors reminded me of the things I’ve read about Russia and the ones I’ve seen in Myanmar. The reds and whites were just as overwhelming as the blue sky backdrop. It wasn’t like any other mosque I’ve been to. I felt the life beating out of the mosque. The Sri Lankans were praying fervently, walking around barefoot, and doing their thing. It was an experience like no other, mixing faith with curiosity and admiration – this Jami Ul Alfar Mosque is one of the top must see places in Colombo.

Address: Second Cross Street, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka


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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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