Perhaps the best representation of Singapore's multicultural society can be found at Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, one of the most unique religious sites in Singapore. The mosque features an eclectic mix of both local Islamic, Chinese and European architectural styles.
Designed by colonial architect John Turnbull Thomson and named after the philanthropist Hajjah Fatimah, who built houses and mosques for the needy and the destitute in Singapore, the mosque's brown and cream-colored walls, entrance gate, the cleansing area, the prayer hall, the mausoleum, and garden hold true stylistically to its Malacca and European counterparts.
The most intriguing element to the site is the two octagonal towers and square-shaped minaret, which resembles the St Andrew's Cathedral spire. Chinese glazed parapet grilles are also set on the windows and woodwork, with a green-glazed patterned porcelain located on each level of the minaret tower and the top walls of roof parapet.
Despite her short-lived marriage with a late Bugis prince from Celebes, who brought her to Singapore while he was operating a trading post, Hajjah Fatimah managed to thrive as a businesswoman, making a name for herself in the Malay community.
Her success made her a constant target for thieves. Her home was burgled twice and was also the target of an arson. Despite these troubles, Hajjah Fatimah counted herself blessed to have escaped safe and sound, as she was not at home during burglaries. So, she decided to donate the land and money to construct the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque. She was buried alongside her daughter and son-in-law in a private enclosure in the mosque. Significant ceremonies held at the mosque include commemorating her death anniversary as well as Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
See different cultural architecture seamlessly come together in this mosque, a reflection of Singapore's multicultural society.