Chini Masjid is located at Syedpur Upazila of Nilphamari district. Saidpur is the northern railway and industrial city of Bangladesh. Chini Masjid is one of the most fascinating and distinctive architect. Chini Masjid is also known as glass Mosque. Chini Masjid or Glass Mosque was established in 1883.
Glass mosque was built in only 1 year which seems unbelievable when we take our eyes to the design of external and internal part. To decorate Chini Masjid, 283 pieces of Cross Marble stones were used. Along with Cross Marble stones, 25 tons small chips of Chinaware-plate and pieces of glass (both color and non-color) porcelain were also used. This mosque has 27 towers from which 5 towers are still incomplete.
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From Nilphamari you can take rickshaw, Local bus and also use boat to visit this area.
There are available bus 24 hours a day. It is easy to go Nilphamari from Dhaka. The distance between Dhaka to Nilphamari is 364 km and arrival time minimum 7 hours. These bus are available from Dhaka-
1. J, B, Paribahan (Dhaka- Bogra- Nilphamari)
Address: Mohakhali Inter District Bus Terminal.
2. SR Travels (Non AC ,Route > Dhaka to Sherpur, Bagra, Naogoan, Joypurhat, Hili, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari)
Telephone: Kalyanpur: 01711-394801, 9033793
Mohakhali: 0155-231 5831,
Uttara: 01711-394 804.
3. Bablu Enterprise (Non AC, Route> Dhaka to Thakurgaan, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Bogra,)
Tel: Shyamli: 8120653, 01716 932 122
Nilphamari and Dhaka are linked by railway. There are few train services available to get from Dhaka to Lalmonirhat. Some of them are as follows:
1. Train Name: Nilsagar Express
Train Number: 765
Train Route: Dhaka Cantonment – Nilphamari – Dhaka Cantonment
Starting Station: Dhaka Cantonment
Starting Time: 08:15
Destination Station: Nilphamari
Arrival Time: 17:20
Time Taken: 9 Hours 5 Minutes
It operates every day except Mondays.
2. Titumir Express:
It operates every day of the week.
Departure time from Dhaka: 8:15 am
The accommodation facilities in Nilphamari have developed in the last few decades. However, the quality and standard of the hotels/motels of the district still requires more improvement. Some of the places you may consider staying in are listed below for your assistance:
1. Akash Residential Hotel
Contact: 0171 22 06070
2. Shihir Residential Hotel
3. R Rahman Residential Hotel
4. Navana Rest House
5. Bonoful Residential Hotel
You will enjoy architectural beauty of 1883 A.D
The food management is also very good. You can get different types of food items there. It won’t be a great problem to find a suitable restaurant for you to eat. Referred to where to eat in Nilphamari, click here
A eighteenth century mosque named as Dewan Bari Mosque located at Aminbazar area of Savar, within a clear view from the Dhaka-Aricha highway. There is an adjacent old house to this Mosque known as Dewan Bari. It is assumed that this old house and Mosque built in temporary time. The mosque was built by a leather wholesaler Hazi Janab Ali in 1880 A.D. [from: Abu Sayeed M. Ahmed – Mosque Architecture in Bangladesh – 2006]
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Nayabad Mosque is located in the bank of the river Dhepa, just 1.5 km south-west of the infamous Kantaji Temple at Dinajpur in Bangladesh. The mosque is named after the village “Nayabad” in which it stands in the Police Station of Kaharole. According to an inscription found on the central doorway, it was constructed at 1793 AD in the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. During that period, Raja Baidyanath, the last of the Dinajpur Royal family, was the Zaminder (feudal land owner).
Nayabad Mosque was erected at a time when the soil of Dinajpur had already been enriched with one of the most remarkable Navaratna temples, the Kantajew Temple in 1752 AD. The founding Royal family of Dinajpur was still prominent. According to local traditions, the mosque was built by Muslim architectural workers who had come to this place from the west to build Kantaji Temple. They had settled in Nayabad, a village near the temple, and had built the mosque for their own use. There is a grave of an unknown person in the premises of the mosque. Local people believe, this is the grave of Kalu Khan, the master architect of Kantaji Temple.
It is an oblong three-domed mosque with octagonal towers at the four corners. There are three arched entrances to enter the mosque. Among them, the central one is bigger than the flanking ones. These are equal in height and width. There is an arched window each on the south and north sides. Inside in the western wall there are three Mihrabs in line with the three entrances. The central Mihrab is bigger than the flanking ones which are of equal size. Three hemispherical domes cover the mosque, of which the central one is bigger than the side ones. Pendentives have been used in their phase of transition. The parapet and cornice are straight.
Terracotta plaques have been used in decoration of the mosque. At present there are about 104 terracotta plaques rectangular in shape, used in the surface decoration of the mosque walls. The platform of the mosque is enclosed by a low brick wall with only one access from the east. On either side of the mosque are to be seen a number of tombs each of found fixed over the central doorway of the mosque.)  => Array ( [name] => Atkandi Nilkuthi Mosque [post_id] => 5674 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/atkandi-nilkuthi-mosque-%e0%a6%86%e0%a6%9f%e0%a6%95%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%a8%e0%a7%8d%e0%a6%a6%e0%a6%bf-%e0%a6%a8%e0%a7%80%e0%a6%b2%e0%a6%95%e0%a7%81%e0%a6%a0%e0%a6%bf-%e0%a6%ae%e0%a6%b8%e0%a6%9c%e0%a6%bf/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DSCN10841-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Atkandi Nilkuthi Mosque (আটকান্দি নীলকুঠি মসজিদ ) is situated in the Atkandi village of Raypura upazila, Narsingdi. It was built by a man named ‘Alim Uddin’. Alim Uddin built this Mosque just beside the grave yard of his wife ‘Sadetunnesa’. To build this Mughal stylistic Mosque he brought some masons from far land Mohishur, India. Some even compare it with Tajmahal, given its architectural style and the emotions behind it.
Alim Uddin completed his education on Islamic religion from Deobond and later worked as Teacher in a madrasa, conducted by Khawaza Family in Dhaka. Later in 18th century, he built this Mosque, however the exact date of founding this Mosque could not be determined.Architectural property and Layout :
It is a rectangular shaped Mosque. Which can be divided into three specific spatial context. We can exemplify it as below- 1. Inner zone 2. Exterior Corridor zone 3. Exterior Porch zone (under open sky)
Inner Zone of this Mosque contains three domes, and a Mihrab. Among these, three bulbous domes, among which the middle one is the biggest. The inner zone contains two entrances.
Exterior corridor zone of this mosque is elongated in north-south forming a rectangular shape. It contains five bulbous domes, which is smaller than other three. This zone also contains five entrances which are arch shaped and decorated with multi foiled design. In parapet it’s decorated with the Merlon design. In the base line of outer wall it’s decorated with a pitcher design.
Exterior porch zone of this mosque was built considering the large gathering which take place. It’s a square shaped plastered floor, with one feet high bordered wall all around the porch. It contains a main gateway to enter into the Mosque.
Public gathering in different occasion:
In different kind of public occasions, like in the eve of Eid-festivals and in common vacations people from different parts of the country come here to visit this place. On the southern part of this Mosque there is an old Ghat (in the edge of a river) which has stepped down to the branch of Meghna river. So far we know, it was built by G.P. Wize when this region was a place to plant indigo in a massive scale.
Present Condition and ruins of several unrevealed structure:
Present condition of this Mosque is not so consistent in a sense of building strength. It is in very sensitive condition, where it is randomly being used without any treatment of conservation & preservation. That’s why we can observe some deterioration in the brick building both in Exterior & interior part.
In the northern part of the Mosque there are some ruins of buried structure. Some outer portion of that buried structure is seem like spherical shape. Which demands more exploration and systematic archaeological excavation to reveal the history behind this region.) )
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