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Shat Gombuj Mosque- The Historical Monument of Bangladesh

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Introduction

Shat Gambuj Mosque represents the meaning of mosque with 60 domes, was built in 1449. The mosque is called as Sixty Dome Mosque, because of the mosque has 77 square domes. Shat Gambuj Mosque is a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest mosque in Bangladesh in the country from the Sultanate period. It has been praised as “the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent.”

The mosque is famous for the Tughlaq styled interior with terracotta decoration. A great and famous muslim saint ‘Khan Jahan Ali’ was the architect and general contractor of Shat Gombuj Mosque at around 1450 A.D. The walls of the mosque are made from tapered brick and unusually thick. Shat Gambuj Mosque was used for ruling the area and used as a court at the Sultanate period.

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1.Location

The mosque was situated on the eastern bank of the Ghoradighi, around three miles west of the present Bagerhat town. The surrounded compound was genuinely entered through two gateways – one in the east, now restored and repaired and the other in the north, no longer existed.

The eastern gateway of the mosque, facing cardinally the central archway at the mosque, appears to be a unique monument by itself. It measures approximately as 7.92m by 2.44m, structured by an archway and having a span of around 2.44m with a wonderful curve at the peak.

2.Tourist Attractions

Internal view of the Shat Gombuj Mosque is also a key attraction for the visitors. This historical mosque is divided by 6 rows of pillars into 7 longitudinal aisles from north to south. And another 11 bays running from east to west separately with great measurement. Therefore, the mosque has 10 mihrabs in total. The vast compound, the extended entrance and the ancient decoration of terracotta make one remember the Sultanate period as well.

3.Resources

The peaceful environment of the Shat Gombuj Mosque and the breeze around the area are the best additional examples for natural resources that keep our troubled mind at peace.

There are some other mosques are visit for-

• Bibi Begin’s Mosque
• Chunakhola Mosque
• Singar Mosque

4.How to go

The mosque is located at Bagerhat district of Khulna division and Bagerhat district is linked with Dhaka and other districts by route of road and water. Various bus services are available from Dhaka to Bagerhat.

Top of them are listed below for the tourists’ assistance:

• Meghna Paribahan
• Shakura Paribahan
• Porjotok Paribahan
• Shohag Paribahan

5.Best time to visit

A beautiful sunny day on spring and at the winter is the best time to travel the Shat Gombuj Mosque. The cool breeze of spring and foggy weather of winter both would enchant the soul from deepest inside.

6.Accommodation

There are only a few numbers of hotels at Bagerhat where we may consider staying in a cheap budget.

The top recommendations are:

• Momtaz Hotel
• Hotel Jalico
• Hotel Al-Prince
• Hotel Dhanshiri
• Hotel Al-Amin

7.Food facilities

There are many local restaurants and fast food shops at the surrounding area of Shat Gombuj Mosque. Visitors can easily have their meal anytime at regular cheap price. Most demanding food at local are ‘shrimp brains and legs’. These are sold as raw by local small fish vendors at 200 BDT per kilo.

Shat Gombuj Mosque is the must-visit tourist spot in Bangladesh. We should visit the place to explore the mysterious history. Even it does not much time to travel. All we need is to grab a little amount of money to spend and get backpack ready to.

Have a peaceful journey ever!

Content Courtesy: Safia Jinnat Sumaiya

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