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Almost 600 years ago, the city of Khalifatabad arose from the marshy forests on the edge of the Sundarbans of Bangladesh.
Today, the remains of that medieval city, known as the Old City of Bagerhat, is home to remnants of hundreds of historic buildings, some of which have been standing for over 500 years. The Old Mosque City is recognized as one of the most important religious sites in Bangladesh.
The single domed Chunakhola mosque was built in the Khan Jahan architecture style in the mid 15th Century. Today, the site is still an active mosque.
From this vantage point, you can admire its hemispherical dome up close.
Shait Gombuj Masjid (also called the 60 Dome Mosque)
Historic buildings such as the Sixty Dome Mosque illuminate the area’s history as a crossroads of south-east religions. Built in the 15th century during the early adoption of Islam in the area, the mosques remain active places of worship today.
On any given day, calls to prayer echo over the iconic Shait-Gumbad mosque, the core of historic Khalifatabad and the centrepiece of the modern day Old Mosque City of Bagerhat World Heritage Site.
The Khanjali Dighi
The Khanjali Dighi is a pond west to the Shat Gombuj Mosque, where people come to wash in its waters, believing it has healing powers.
Northern facade of the Shait Gombuj mosque
The Department of Archaeology works to maintain the monuments and ensure proper treatments and cleaning are carried out. The bricks on this facade have not yet undergone restoration and show the greatest amount of wear and deterioration.
Interior of the 60 Dome Mosque
The bright green color on the walls indicates water moisture where groundwater has percolated up through sandstone and brick.
Andrew Potts, ICOMOS Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Climate Change.
This project was made possible through a collaboration between the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.