Korapur Mia Bari Mosque

Published:  12:03 AM, 11 August 2018

Historical mosque in Barisal

Historical mosque in Barisal

Korapur Miah Bari Mosque is an old mosque in Barisal district. The mosque is located at Mia Bari of Uttar Korapur village under Roy Pasha Korapur Union in Barisal sadar upazila. It is believed that a certain Muhammad Jahid built the mosque in the early 19th Century.

This three-domed, post-Mughal mosque is locally considered to be built during 18th century. The mosque is situated east of a local pond, at Uttar Korapur village of Barisal town. The Korapur Miah Bari Mosque represents a typical Bengali platform mosque; that is, a three-domed mosque sits on a rectangular raised platform.

In this structure the platform is square with parapets. The large arched cells underneath the high platform were probably used for living purposes.  The space underneath the platform is arranged with a single bay of vaulted rooms accessed from a vaulted passageway on the periphery of all sides except east. 

The platform is accessed by a straight flight of stair on the east aligned with the central bay of the mosque. The space underneath the platform is arranged in a nine grid layout, where the cells can be accessed from all sides.

The mosque is a typical Bengali Mughal type where the central dome is larger than the other two. Externally the mosque is a rectangle of 44'9" x 21'5" while internally it has an oblong plan of 36'9" x 12'10". 

The structure is divided into three equal interior bays, roofed over by three fluted, bulbous domes, resting on drums. The proportionately smaller lateral domes are placed on the equal size bays by splitting each dome into a half-dome and placing it on a pendentive.

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