Monday, September 19, 2011


Shat Gombuj  Mosque

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District: Bagerhat >Shat Gombuj Mosque

There has three world heritage sites in Bangladesh. The Shat Gombuj Mosque in Bagerhat district is one of them. It is a 15th century Islamic Building situated in the suburbs of Bagerhat, on the beside of the Sundarbans.

The Sixty Pillar Mosque or the Shat Gambuj, a mosque situated in Bagerhat district, on the eastern bank of a water tank name takur dighi is one of the ancient mosques in the country, and is described as "historic mosque representing the Golden Era of Muslim Bengal". It is Established over an area
of 160 feet (49 m)x108 feet (33 m) size. The Shat Gombuj mosque is unique in the sense that it has sixty pillars that support

77 exquisitely curved "low squat domes" that have Assumed away with the passage of time; it has 7central domes that are 4-sided and built in Bengali form. It was used for prayers, assembly hall and madrasa. Seventy 7 domes are over the roof and 4 smaller ones at the 4 corners are towers. The towers were used to call for prayers. The huge prayer hall has eleven arched doorways on the east and seven each on the north and south which provide ventilation and light to the hall. There are also seven longitudinal aisles and eleven deep-drawing bays in the midst of slim columns which made of stone. The curving arches by these columns supported that are overlaid by the domes. There has 11 mihrab inside the west wall that are decorated with stonework and terracotta's and the flooring is of brickwork. The walls and the mihrabs were invaded by sulphates. Most of the damages have been reformed. It was founded in 1440 by ruler Khan Jahan Ali.

The arches are six feet (1.8 m) thick with a slight taper over the hollow and round walls. The mosque also functioned as the court of Khan Jahan Ali. It now attracts a huge number of traveler and visitors every year. The Shat Gombuj mosque is equipped mainly with terracotta and bricks.

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