Shat Gombuj Moshjid
Shat Gombuj Moshjid (or Shat Gambuj Mosque or Sixty Dome Mosque) is an impressive mosque in Bangladesh. It is located in Bagerhat district under Khulna Division. It is the largest mosque in the country from the Sultanate period. The mosque has been described as "the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent." For its glorious history and beauty UN declared it as world heritage site.
The length of the mosque is 160 feet and width is 108 feet. There are 77 low domes arranged in seven rows of eleven, and one dome on each corner, bringing the total to 81 domes. There are four towers. Two of four towers were used to call azaan. The interior is divided into many aisles and bays by slender columns, which culminate in numerous arches that support the roof.
The mosque has 77 squat domes with 7 four-sided pitched Bengali domes in the middle row. The vast prayer hall, although provided with 11 arched doorways on east and 7 each on north and south for ventilation and light, presents a dark and somber appearance inside. It is divided into 7 longitudinal aisles and 11 deep bays by a forest of 60 slender stone columns, from which springs rows of endless arches, supporting the domes.
Caption: Interior view of the Mosque
A Muslim colony was founded in the unfriendly mangrove forest of the Sundarbans near the coastline in the Bagerhat District by a saint-General, named Khan Jahan Ali in mid-15th century. He preached in an affluent city during the reign of Sultan Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah, then known as 'Khalifalabad'. Khan Jahan adorned this city with more than a dozen mosques, the spectacular ruins of which are focused around the most imposing and largest multidomed mosques in Bangladesh, known as the Shait-Gumbad Masjid. The construction of the mosque was started in 1442 and it was completed in 1459. The mosque was used for prayer hall. It was also used as a madrasha and assembly hall. It is now a tourist spot. Thousands of visitors from home and abroad visit the mosque. The mosque is visited by a plenty of visitors from home and abroad.
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