Monday, December 15, 2008

Goaldi Mosque

This masjid is one of the few remnants from the Sultanate period in Sonargaon. It was built by Mulla Hizabar Akbar Khan in the early 16th century, during the reign of Alauddin Husain Shah. This mosque is more elegant and ornate in comparison to the earlier Sultanate mosques at Bagerhat. Each wall has three arched entrances, the central arch slightly higher than the others. A single graceful hemispherical dome rises above the slightly curved cornice. Miniature arches with teracotta designs are placed below the cornice and above the entrance arches. Round corner turrets that rise upto the cornice and have two mouldings at the centre and triple mouldings at the base, just above which are more terracotta arches.

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