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Sixty Dome Mosque
Sixty Dome Mosque local name is Shait Gambuj Mosque. It is the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent. From the Sultanate period this is largest Mosque in the country. It is located in Bagerhat district of Khulna Division in Bangladesh. It is about 3 miles far from the main town of Bagerhat. The Shat Gambuj Mosque is a Tughlaq styled mosque. This mosque constructed in the mid 15th century (1440) and it is completed in the year1459.
The length of the Sixty Dome Mosque is 160 feet and width is 108 feet. There are 77 low domes arranged in 7 rows of 11, and one dome on each corner, bringing the total to 81 domes. There are four towers. Two of four towers were used to call Azaan. In the year 1459 the great Azam Ulugh Khan Jahan established this mosque, which called Shat Gambuj Mosjid. However, there are 77 domes over the main hall and exactly 60 stone pillars. The wall of this mosque is 6 feet (1.8 m) thick with a slight taper over the hollow and round walls.
The Shat Gambuj Mosque is one of the greatest tourist attractions and best architectural beauties of Bangladesh. The archaeological beauty of this Mosque enchants the tourist till now. Besides this Mosque an archaeological museum is there where you can find that times archaeological and historical materials.
Most of the damages of this mosque have been rectified. It is a great pleasure for us that, the UNESCO has been recognized this Shat Gambuj Mosque (Sixty Dome Mosque) as a World Heritage Site in 1983.