60 Domes 1 Postcard

Gombuj Mosque, Bangladesh

Gombuj Mosque, Bangladesh

This great postcard of the Sixty Dome Mosque or Gombuj Mosque comes all the way from Sumanto in Bangladesh. The mosque is the largest mosque from the Sultanate period and has often been described as the most impressive mosque on the Indian subcontinent. It is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mosque was built in the Bagerhat district in the South of Bangladesh in the 15th century. The year of its completion was 1459, to be exact. There are actually 77 domes in the mosque but 60 columns. The name of the mosque, locally, is Shat Gombuj Masjid, which means 60 dome mosque but it is argued that the name was corrupted and the original name of the mosque referred to its 60 pillars and not to the domes. I don’t know the story here but at least I love the postcard. Thank you Sumanto!