Goaldi Mosque

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Brief

Sonargaon contains quite a number of Archaeological evidences, helping the scholars to reconstruct the Medieval History of Sonargaon area of Bangladesh. Goaldi Mosque, one of the very few surviving medieval monuments in the city of Sonargaon. About 6 km north-west of the little township of Panam, near Sonargaon in Narayanganj district, there are two such precariously surviving old single-domed mosques in the sequestered hamlet of Goaldi, virtually hidden behind thick bamboo brakes and clusters of mango and jackfruit tree groves.

Built in 1519, the graceful, single-domed Goaldi Mosque is the most impressive of the few extant monuments of the old capital city, and a good example of pre-Mughal architecture. This mosque is one of the few remnants from the Sultanate period in Sonargaon, during the reign of Sultan Hussain Shah in 925 Hijri (1519 AD). It was built by Mulla Hizabar Akbar Khan in the early 16th century, during the reign of Alauddin Husain Shah at a place called Goaldi – half a mile northeast of Panam village in Sonargaon. Sonargaon was the administrative center of medieval Muslim rulers of East Bengal. It became as the capital of Bengal during Isa Khan’s ruling. The area falls under present-day Narayanganj District, Bangladesh. This mosque is more elegant and ornate in comparison to the earlier Sultanate mosques at Bagerhat.

There are some ornamental black stone pillars inside the prayer hall for the support of the roof. Corresponding to the three arched doorways on the east there are three richly decorated mihrabs on the west wall, of which the central one is bigger and beautifully embellished with curved floral and arabesque relief on dark black stone, but the flanking side mihrabs are ornamented with delicate terracotta floral and geometric patterns. The central stone mihrab is framed within an arched panel with an expanded sunflower motif in the centre. Below that the spandrels of the multi-cusped arch of the mihrab are decorated within a rectangular frame. The engrailed arched recess is carried on stunted octagonal pillars faceted at stages. Four round-banded turrets at the outer corners rise up to the curvilinear cornice.

How to go

Our suggestion is to take a rickshaw from Mograpara crossing of Sonargaon.

How To Reach: Sonargaon Upazila

Frequent bus services to Sonargaon operate from Gulistan, Saidabad and other bus stands in Dhaka. Tickets may be bought on roadside counters. The price of the ticket from Gulistan bus stand is around 35 BDT, and the ride may take about 40 minutes, depending on the unpredictable traffic. Mention your destination as Mograpara. You can reach that place using bus from Dhaka (Gulistan). This will take you around 1 hour to reach at the place. You have to get down from the bus at Mograpara Crossing.From the crossing, you have to take a rickshaw, and have to tell the puller to drop you at Sonargaon. This will require 20 taka for the lift.

There are several Buses moving towards Sonargaon from Dhaka. Some of those are mentioned below-
1.Sonargaon Express
Departing from Gulistan
2.Borak Paribohon

Where to Stay

1. District Parishod Banglo
Sonargaon Upazila Parishad Complex

2.Gono Biddyalay
Ichapara,Sonargaon
Cell: 01712002304

3.Folk & Arts Foundation
Ichapara, Sonargaon
Cell: 027656331

Things to do

It’s a prime responsibility to abide by the instruction of authority and Dept. of Archaeology (Bangladesh) whenever we get the chance to enter into the Mosque like sacred Archaeological Places. Observe the architectural beauty of this Mosque and communicate with the local people to know about their knowledge about this uniquely decorated Mughol Mosque.

Eating Facilities

Referred to where to eat at Sonargaon, click here

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  • Besides the city and the miscellaneous picturesque establishments of state like Royal Palaces, court buildings, etc, this mosque is one of the few remnants from the Sultanate period in Sonargaon.

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