The Shat Gambuj Masjid is the most imposing multi-domed mosque in Bangladesh. It stands on the eastern bank of a vast sweet-water tank.
Shat Gambuj Masjid
The Shat Gambuj Masjid is the most imposing multi-domed mosque in Bangladesh. It stands on the eastern bank of a vast sweet-water tank. The mosque is roofed over with 77 squat domes, including 7 chauchala or four-sided domes in the middle row. The vast prayer hall is provided with 11 arched doorways on the east and 7 each on the north and south for ventilation and light. It has 7 longitudinal aisles and 11 deep bays by a forest of slender stone columns. From these columns spring rows of endless arches, supporting the domes. The arches are six feet in thickness, have slightly tapering hollow and round walls. The interior and the exterior of the mosque give a view of rather plain architecture but the interior western wall of the mosque was beautifully decorated with terracotta flowers and foliage. Besides being used as a prayer hall the mosque was also used as the court of Khan Jahan Ali. Now it is one of the greatest tourist attractions and best architectural beauties of Bangladesh.