Masjid Peringgit is one of the country’s oldest mosques. It was built in 1868 to replace the mosque originally built on the same site in 1726. The mosque is a typical traditional Malaccan mosque, with strong Javanese influence which is most visible in the design of its tiered, pyramidal roof.
Laterite stones and Dutch bricks make up the mosque’s foundation and walls, while its floors are made out of terracotta bricks. Its attic, roof ridge, beams, windows and doors are made out of hardwood, with exquisite carvings on its window grilles. Its roof is made out of Chinese slates for the bottom tier and Dutch slates for the top two tiers, and crowned with a coral sculpture.
Masjid Peringgit underwent major renovations between 1978 and 1979 by the state authority which resulted in a substantial part of its original structure replaced. However, it was restored to its former glory by the Department of Museum and Antiquity in 2002 to be retained as a historical monument.