Baitul Mokarram National Mosque

Dhaka has several hundred historic mosques. Prominent are the Seven Domed Mosque (17th century), Baitul Mukarram – National Mosque, Star Mosque (18th century), Chawkbazar Mosque and Huseni Dalan Mosque.

Binat Bibi Mosque

The mosque is a square, single domed mosque measuring 12 feet (3.7 m) square internally with a single hemispherical dome atop the square room.Entrances are from east, north and south. Pre-Mughal features included the curved cornices and battlements, corner octagonal turrets, and arches on the south, north and eastern sides.The ornamentation is modest and the building is coated with plaster.

The 600-year old mosque, one of the oldest buildings in the city,is being demolished as part of a renovation plan which includes building a 70-foot (21 m) high minaret, and the extension of the current building from three stories to seven.

Seven Dome Mosque

16th May 2009. It was my holiday and I was trying to somewhere to shot.The day before I ask some people for a short photo walk, but one was free enough for this.Then I knocked Saif bhai (Gazi Saif Sohel) and he gives me the green signal. My plan was to shot around 300 years old Saat Masjid (Seven Dome Mosque) or Saat Gambuj Masjid in Mohammadpur.Archeologists of Bangladesh claim that the Masjid was made by Shaista Khan.He was a Subadhar and army general of Mughal

Empire in Bengal region from 1664 to 1688. As the accurate date and year of creation of the Masjid is unknown, we can assume this was made between these years.Size of the Masjid is 17.67meter X 6.22meter. The masjid has three domes in north to south side and four dooms in four corners.In total it has seven domes, that’s why people call it Sat Gomboj (Seven Dome) masjid. All seven domes are almost in same size.It has a small gate in front of the masjid. The gate self alone count as an archeological heritage. Place for ablution (Oju) is in the west side of the Masjid.Masjid has a grave yard in east north corner.

After its boundary, there is a big garden, which is also property and part of the masjid.Boundary of the garden ends in the road and just opposite side of the road there is also a small architecture which is actually a shrine (Majar Sharif). People say one daughter of Shaista Khan is sleeping in this Majar sharif.Architecture of this Majar has similarity with Sat Gambuj Masjid.There is a same architecture in Rohan Pur of Chapai Nawabganj. But the Shat Masjid is an unique Masjid and the same kind of masjid is not found in any other place.This is a very beautiful architecture by Shaista Khan. This could be one of the places of tourist attractions without hampering the holiness and prayer schedule of the masjid. But I personally didn’t see any initiative by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) or Department of Archeology of Bangladesh Government. Unplanned buildings very close to the Masjid have also destroyed the beauty of the Masjid. There should be some regulations and implementation of regulations on developing buildings around the archeological heritages.

Star Mosque

Star Mosque , locally known as Tara Masjid is a mosque located in Dhaka,Bangladesh. It is situated at the Armanitola area of the old part of the city.The mosque has ornate designs and is decorated with motifs of blue stars.
It was built in the first half of the 19th century by one Mirza Golam Pir.Built in the Mughal style by Mirza Ghulam in the late 18th century,this mosque was originally a simple rectangular mosque,measuring 33′ x 11′ with three doorways on the east facade

(main facade) and one on the north wall and another on the south wall.Three domes crowned the mosque, the central one being the larger. Towers accented the corners and the façades displayed plastered panel decoration. In early 20th century, Ali Jan Bepari, a local businessman, financed the renovation of the mosque and added a new eastern verandah. The surface was redecorated with Chinitikri work (mosaic work of broken China porcelain pieces), a decorative style that was popular during the 1930’s. The mosque, which previously lacked any historical significance, is one of the few remaining architectural example of the Chinitikri (Chinese pieces) method of mosaic decoration. This decorative technique is found in the striking star motif that is in part the reason for the mosque’s current acclaim and popular name, Star Mosque or Sitara Masjid. In 1987, the Ministry of Religious Affairs commissioned Giasul Huque and Zahiruddin Zahiruddin to make additions to the prayer hall, which was extended to include two more domes.The mosque is decorated with imported Japanese and English china clay tiles and utilized both methods of the Chinitikri application. One approach uses solid color, cut clay tiles
and form patterns through the placement of these colored tiles in white plaster. The domes and the exterior surface are covered with different colored star shaped china clay tiles. The upper portion of the eastern façade also incorporates a crescent motif.Chinitikri tile work assumes another texture by using assorted pieces of different designs of glazed tiles on the interior surfaces of the mosque.The three mihrabs and the doorways are decorated with mosaic floral pattern. A plant and vase motif is repeated as a decorative element on the pendentives as well as on the interior of the verandah wall.
Curiously, a very interesting decorative element, the Japanese Fujiyama motif, is found on the surface between the doors.

The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal

The great Muslim Saint, Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.A.) is said to have brought the message of Islam to the region in the early 14th ecntury. His shrine is located at Dargah Mahalla in the heart of Sylhet town. At about 6 km away lies the shrine of another great saint Hazrat Shah Paran (R.A.), who is said to be a nephew of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.A.)

Aurangzeb’s Mosque

This single-domed square (8.83m) mosque, having an octagonal engaged turret at each corner, was built in 1669 A.D. according to a stone inscriptional slab hang over its central doorway Of its three mihrabs the central one is tastefully decorated with creeper devices, rosettes and other mouldings. A happy blending of typical Mughal plastering with terracotta decoration is to be seen all along its wall surface.It can be approached from the Kishoregonj Railway Station by motorized vehicle.

The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Paran

‘Shah Paran’ (Shah Farhan) (R) was a renowned Sufi saint of the Suhrawardiyya and Jalalia order. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) and was born in Hadramaut, Yemen. He was an accomplice of his uncle, Shah
Jalal, with whom he arrived in India. In 1303 AD, He took part in the expedition of Sylhet which was led by Shah Jalal. After the conquest of Sylhet he established a khanqah at Khadim Nagar in Dakshingarh Pargana, about 7 km away from Sylhet town, where he started Sufi spiritual practices and activities. He played a significant role in propagating Islam and establishing Muslim rule in the Sylhet region.

It is unclear how and when he died, but he is buried near his khanqah. For centuries, large numbers of devotees have been visiting his tomb, a practice which continues even today. On the 4th, 5th and 6th day of Rabi-ul-Awal, the Urs of Hazrat Shah Paran (R) takes place. His grave is located in a high hillock and it is carefully preserved at a place which is built with bricks and surrounded by walls. On the northern side of the grave there is an old tree, the branches and branchlets of which are extended above the entire tomb. The name of the tree is ‘Ashagachh’ (a tree of hopes). From a close observation of the leaves of the tree, it appears that the tree has grown out of a mixture of the fig, mango and some other tree. People eat the seeds of the figs devotionally in the hope of getting rid of diseases. Mangoes are also eaten with utmost respect as Tabaruk. There is an ancient mosque by the side of the tomb. The mosque has been modernised in 1989-91. About 1500 devout Muslims in a body can now say their prayers there.Adjacent to the main tomb complex of Shah Paran, found in the East of Sylhet, is another tomb visited by worshipers, that of Konya Shah. Legend has it that this follower of the great saints was neither man nor woman. There is a permanent exhibition of the life and times of this saint. Contemporary paintings and pictures featured at the tomb/exhibition depict a person most likely to be a eunuch. Though the original conquerors earned a prominent role in Islamic history, main stream Islam shuns the idea of worshiping saints and eunuchs.

The Dargah of Hazrat Shah Amanat

The dargah Sharif of Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Shah lies to the central jail and east of the Laldighi. He flourished during the later part of the 18th and early part of 19th century. For a pretty long time he concealed his spiritual attainments by serving as a peon in the judge’s Count, Chittagong.

Hazrat Sultan Bayezid Bostami

The dargah Sharif of Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Shah lies to the central jail and east of the Laldighi. He flourished during the later part of the 18th and early part of 19th century. For a pretty long time he concealed his spiritual attainments by serving as a peon in the judge’s Count, Chittagong.

Choto Sona Mosque

The mosque was built during the reign of Suntan Alauddin Husain Shah (1493-1519). Originally it was roofed over with 15 gold-gilded domes including the 3 Chauchala (hut-shape) domes in the middle row, from which it derives its curious name.

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