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3 Most Remarkable Mosques in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is among one of those nations that have an uncountable number of mosques scattered all around the country. You’ll be surprised to know that Bangladesh now has over 250,000 mosques.

The majority of the population in Bangladesh follows Islam as their religion. Among 165 million people in Bangladesh, nearly 150 million people are Muslim, and that is 90% of the total population of Bangladesh. If you were wondering why Bangladesh has this many mosques, now you know the reason behind it.

The majority of the spectacular mosques were built by the Muslim dynasties that also ruled Bangladesh starting from the 12th century. The next time you visit Bangladesh, don’t forget to give the following mosques a visit even if you’re not a Muslim. These mosques are both Instagram worthy and a treat to your eyes.

201 Dome Mosque

201 Gombuj Masjid (Photo Credit: Azim Khan Ronnie, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Dome plays an important role in any mosque in terms of beauty.

201 Dome Mosque or also known as “২০১ গম্বুজ মসজিদ” among the locals, is one of the largest mosques in Bangladesh with the maximum number of domes in any mosque. It was built in the bank of the Jhinai river in Tangail. It’s a two-hour drive from the country’s capital Dhaka.

An approximate of $13 million was spent to build this gigantic mosque.

Started in 2013, the construction of the mosque took 5 years to complete.

The 201 Dome Mosque became a center of attractions among the tourist from the day it was inaugurated. The mosque complex has a helipad to facilitate the trip for international tourists.

Baitul Aman Jame Mosque

The night view of this mosque is really very famous not only in local places but in the whole country. This is situated in Barishal, Bangladesh.

Baitul Aman Jame Mosque or commonly known as Guthia Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Bangladesh, built on a land of 14 acres in Barisal.

The construction of this mosque started in 2003 under the supervision of the SAS Foundation and took four years to complete. $3 million was spent to complete the whole mosque complex.

The mosque is encompassed by three lakes and gardens. The inner part can hold 1400 people, while the outer part can hold 5000 people. Ayatul Kursi can be found inscribed on the wall of the mosque complex.

Daytime view of the mosque.

Sixty Dome Mosque

The Sixty Dome Mosque or Sha Gombuj Moshjid also known as Shait Gambuj Mosque or Saith Gunbad Masjid, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bagerhat.

The sixty dome mosque, also known as “ষাট গম্বুজ মসজিদ” among the locals, is one of the largest and ancient mosques in Bangladesh that can be traced back to the Sultanate period (1204 – 1576). The mosque was built by Ulugh Khan Jahan Ali during that period in the district of Bagerhat. It’s one of the finest architecture in the Indian subcontinent. The mosque was recognized as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.

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