Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gambuj Mosque) – Bangladesh

Shait Gumbad Mosque
Shait Gumbad Mosque

Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gambuj Masjid) meaning a mosque with 60 domes,  was built in 1449. Because of the mosque has 77 squade domes, usually it is called as Sixty Dome Mosque. The Mosque is located about three miles west of the present Bagerhat town of Bangladesh. There is a museum inside in the mosque area. Tourists have to pay a small entrance fee of BDT 50 to visit the mosque. The museum next to the mosque is open from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm. It has the many pillared interior that constitutes the real attraction. Suggestive of the great Mughal palaces of the period, and even of some of the great religious buildings of Europe, the superb pillars and the light they admit and the shadows they cast make the atmosphere of sanctity and durability. The Mosque is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Shait Gumbad Masjid of Bagerhat Bangladesh
Shait Gumbad Masjid of Bagerhat Bangladesh

Shait Gumbad Mosque was built by Khan Jahan Ali, a muslim sufi saint around 1450 A.D. The Masjid is built mostly of bricks, measures 192 feet from north to south and 130 feet from east to west. The length of the mosque is equal to 160 feet, its width is slightly less – 108 feet. The walls are unusually thick and very durable light brick. The mosque has an architectural style that strongly resembles other pre-mughal mosques of Bengal. There are four huge circular towers situated at the four corners of the mosque. The towers are a little tapered towards the top, with a hall above the roof level. The upper chamber of the two west towers has four windows, while the east towers has two windows.

Inside View of Shait Gumbad Masjid
Inside View of Shait Gumbad Masjid

Shait Gumbad Masjid
Shait Gumbad Masjid

Shait Gumbad Mosque Bangladesh
Shait Gumbad Mosque Bangladesh

Shait Gumbad Mosque Entrance
Shait Gumbad Mosque Entrance

Shait Gumbad Mosque Gumbat
Shait Gumbad Mosque Gumbat

Shait Gumbad Mosque Inside View
Shait Gumbad Mosque Inside View

Bangladesh Mosque
Bangladesh Mosque

Sixty Dome Masjid
Sixty Dome Masjid

Sixty Dome Mosque Bangladesh
Sixty Dome Mosque Bangladesh

Sixty Dome Mosque
Sixty Dome Mosque

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