Darasbari Mosque (Bengali: দারসবাড়ি মসজিদ) is a historic mosque that was built in 1479 AD.

Darasbari Mosque
দারসবাড়ি মসজিদ
Darasbari Mosque (From south east side)
Year consecrated1479 AD
LocationChapainawabganj, Bangladesh
Geographic coordinates24°49′57″N 88°08′04″E / 24.8324°N 88.1344°E / 24.8324; 88.1344
FounderShamsuddin Abul Muzaffar Yusuf Shah
MaterialsBricks, Tiles

Location edit

Darasbari Mosque is located in Shibganj Upazila of Chapai Nawabganj District, Bangladesh.[1] It is situated about one kilometer to the south-west Kotwali Gate and about half kilometer to the west of the Choto Sona mosque.

History edit

According to an inscription, this brick mosque was constructed by the restored Iliyas Shahi sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah, son of Barbak Shah.[2] [3]Presently, the mosque has no roof and has a fallen verandah. In size, it is the third largest mosque in the city of Gaur-Lakhnauti after Bara Sona and Guntanta mosque.

The ‘Bengali Sultanate Architecture’ is ingredient of this consent. A happy blending of local influences and the Sultanate style express the acquaintance with the people, land, air and water. In another ward Sultans ruled Bengal with elaborate time span. It is known to the world that Bengal establishes an authentic style of Sultanate architecture in making mosque and tombs.

Description edit

Externally it measures 34m by 20.6m and internally 30.3m by 11.7m. It is built of brick, but the pillars are stone.[4]

The roof of the mosque with verandah was covered with 24 domes and 4 chauchala vaults. But at present all have fallen down now. The prayer room is accessed from the east by seven pointed-arch openings from the verandah. On the other hand, there are three pointed archways in the southern wall and two in the northern wall.

Inside the prayer chamber, there are the remains of a royal gallery to its north-west corner. The qiblah wall contains totally eleven mihrabs (two of these belong to the royal gallery at the upper level). It was ornamented by terracotta plaques. Some terracotta plaques are still visible on the western and southern outer wall surface under the cornice.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Hasan, Perween (2007). Sultans and Mosques: The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh. I.B. Tauris. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-84511-381-0.
  2. ^ Travel, Star Lifestyle (2022-09-26). "Darasbari mosque: Visiting one of the oldest mosques in Bangladesh". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2023-07-31.
  3. ^ Aiman, Sania (2022-09-22). "A trip to Darasbari mosque in Chapai Nawabganj". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2023-07-31.
  4. ^ Husain, ABM (2012). "Darasbari Mosque". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.