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7 May, Tuesday

SINGAPORE, Little India – Adding a splash of colour (and religious diversity) to the Indian quarter, the Masjid Abdul Gaffoor mosque stands as a monument to Singapore’s rich heritage.

Built in 1907, the mosque largely served the Kampong Kapor area and its population of Bawaenese and Tamil Muslim immigrants. It is named after Shaik Abdul Gafoor bin Shaik Hyder, who built and rented out shophouses and sheds to raise funds for the religious site’s construction.

The mosque’s uniqueness extend to its design and architecture, combining a mixture of Southern Indian, Moghul and Neoclassical European styles. Look out for its beautifully coloured glass cupola that is supported by pillars inspired by Roman aesthetics.

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