Written by SoudipSeptember 1st 2014
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Sona Mosque Historical Facts and Pictures
Located in Chapai Nawbaganj district, Chhoto Sona Mosque is a well-preserved Sultana monument in Bangladesh. Built between 1493 to 1519, during Sultan Hassan’s reign, the mosque occupies an area of 42 meters from east to west and 43.5 meters from south to north.
Architecture and Design
Portraying jet-black color with patches of terracotta brickwork, the mosque was oddly named due to its 15 gilded domes, which do not exist any more. Constructed with brick, all the 4 walls of this rectangular mosque are veneered internally and externally with granite stones and strengthened from outside with polygonal towers. An earthquake in 1897 had destroyed some of the stone works from the west wall in the southern side. The east walls consist 5 arched doorways and corresponding to that there are 5 semi-circular mihrabs placed within the west walls. There are another 3 arched doors located in the south and the north walls.
Interior of Sona Mosque
The interior of the building is divided into 3 aisles by 2 rows of stone columns with each row consisting 4 columns. A dilapidated standing upper floor is contained within a royal gallery that is located on the North West side of the mosque. The inside of the mosque is decorated with stone carving, terracotta, brick-setting and glazed tiles. The mosque is ornamented with a splendid courtyard at the front, consisting mosaic roundels in white and blue colors of variegated designs.
Although the condition of the mosque has declined in recent times, but still its exceptional architecture attracts many viewers even today.