The Sixty Domes Mosque is located in the village of Sundarghona, adjacent to the Sixty Domes bus stop, on the north side of the Khulna-Bagerhat highway, just 6 km from the city of Bagerhat in Bangladesh. There is no inscription on the mosque. So no accurate information has been found about who built it at what time. However, looking at the architectural style of the mosque, there is no doubt that it was built by Khan e Jahan. He is thought to have built it in the 15th century. This mosque was built over many years and at great expense. Its stones were brought from the palace. It is one of the three world heritage sites in Bangladesh. The mosque is about 160 feet long on the north-south side and about 143 feet long on the inside, and about 104 feet wide on the east-west side, and about 88 feet wide on the inside. The walls are about 8 · 5 feet. Located in the southwest of the country, the ancient mosque was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
The mosque ranks Bagerhat as one of the three world heritage cities in Bangladesh. The east wall of the mosque has 11 large arched doors. The middle door is much larger than the others. There are 6 doors on the north and south walls. And there are 4 minarets in 4 corners of the mosque. They are round in design and have narrowed at the top. They have a circular band near the cornice and a round dome at the apex. The height of the minarets is higher than the roof cornice. The two front minarets have spiral staircases and there was also a call to prayer. One of them is called Raushan Kotha, the other is called Andhar Kotha. There are 60 pillars inside the mosque. These are located in 6 rows from north to south and there are 10 pillars in each row. Each pillar is made of stone and only 5 pillars are covered with bricks from outside. These 60 pillars and the surrounding walls are covered with domes.
Although the name of the mosque is 60 domes, the number of domes here is not 60 at all but the number of domes is 77. Of the 77 domes, 70 have rounded tops and the seven domes in the middle row between the door in the middle of the east wall and the mihrab in the middle of the west wall look a lot like the rice of a chauchala house in Bangladesh. The number of domes in the minaret is 4 and the total number of domes stands at 81. Yet its name has become sixty-domed. Historians believe that there are seven rows of domes in the mosque, hence the name of the seven domes and sixty domes. Many historians believe that the domes are named after the 60 stone pillars.
Tickets cost Tk 20 per person, but no child under the age of five needs a ticket. The ticket price for any foreign visitor is two hundred Tk.
In summer, the fort is open from 10 am to 6 pm. In the middle, it is closed for half an hour from 1 pm to 1.30 pm. And in winter it is open from 9 am to 5 pm. Even in winter, it is closed from 1 pm to 1.30 pm. And it is always closed for Friday prayers from 12:30 to 3:00. Sunday is a public holiday and Mondays are open from 2.00 pm.
How To Go To Mosque
You can go directly to Bagerhat from Dhaka. Many vehicles leave from Saidabad in Dhaka every day from 6 am to 10 am and from 7 pm to 10 pm – Meghna (01717388553), Banful, Paryatak (01711131078), Falguni, Ara, Baleshwar, Hamim, and Dola.
Besides, Sohag (01718679302), Shakura (01711010450), Hanif, and Eagle Paribahan left Gabtali. Rent 300 to 400 rupees. The journey takes about 6 hours. You can also go to Khulna by train from Dhaka. You can take the intercity train Sundarban Express and Chitra Express to Khulna and then take a bus to Bagerhat. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Bagerhat from Rupsha. You have to walk or take an autorickshaw to get off the bus.
Where to stay
There are various hotels in Bagerhat Sadar. There are also government guesthouses. Here you can stay at the Mumtaz Hotel on Rail Road. The hotel has fewer facilities but the quality of the service is quite good and the cost is a bit high. There are also a few more hotels to stay in the vicinity of this hotel. Moreover, you can stay at Hotel Avi on the main highway in front of Khan Jahan Ali’s shrine. Rent 400 rupees. Phone: 01833742623.
Apart from this, for staying in Bagerhat, Hotel Al Amin (0468-63168, 01718692737, AC dual room Tk. 1000, non-AC room 100 to 400 Tk) and Hotel Mohana (0468-63075, 1722858313 in Karmakar Patti) There are non-AC rooms for Tk 100 to Tk 400. It takes 1 hour to reach Bagerhat from Khulna, so you can stay in Khulna.
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