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Chandanpura Mosque: A sight to behold

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  1. bluesky

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    https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/chandanpura-mosque-sight-behold-1825435

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    Chandanpura Mosque: A sight to behold

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    Despite the hustle and bustle of ever-busy Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah Road in port city, a structure with multiple domes and soaring minarets painted in bright colours compels a passer-by to halt and behold its beauty and majesty.

    Situated in the old part of Chattogram, Chandanpura Mosque is one of the most famous landmarks in the city as well as a popular tourist attraction for its impressive architecture.

    With its spacious interior, slender columns, elongated buttresses and intricately designed balusters, Masjid-e-Siraj ud-Daulah, locally known as Chandanpura Jame Masjid, is one of the great examples of Mughal-inspired architecture.

    According to historians, it was built in 1870 by one Master Abdul Hamid, a contractor. After its construction, the mosque used to be known as Hamidia-Taj-Masjid. Builders and architects from Lucknow and Mumbai (of India) were brought in for the work.

    Later in 1947, Abu Syed Dobhash, a descendant of Hamid, took the initiative to renovate the mosque, which was completed in 1952. It had cost around Tk 4 lakh for the renovation.

    At present, a committee formed by descendants of Dobhash looks after the mosque.

    The two-storey structure with an entrance in the middle has two staircases zigzagging to the top of two minarets on both sides. Railings of the staircases are decorated with multi-coloured floral designs. Both minarets are around seven-storey tall.

    In total, there are five domes with a large onion dome at the centre -- surrounded by structures intricately designed like petals.

    “Chandanpura mosque stands out for its delicate ornamentation,” said architect Kuheli Chowdhury.

    The teacher of Premier University, Chattogram added, “The massive vaulted-gate was constructed not only as an entrance, but also to welcome all. Alongside being a prayer hall, this mosque offered people a place to unwind.”

    She said the major attraction of the structure are the minarets. “They were constructed in such a way that sunlight can enter the floors easily.” While visiting the place, people often get mesmerised by this “hide and seek” between sunlight and shadows, she added.

    The mosque is located between Andarkilla and Chawkbazar intersections -- two densely-populated areas in the city. Locals worry that rapid urban sprawl may eventually have a negative impact on the area, especially the structure.

    “This mosque is a part of our identity. It never ceases to amaze us even after so many years. Before, we could see it from afar. But the surrounding is not the same anymore. The area is suffering from unplanned urbanisation,” said Safayet Adib, a banker by profession.

    Many nearby buildings are also blocking the view, said locals.

    During a recent visit, this correspondent also saw several multi-storied buildings were being constructed in the area while heavy vehicles plying the adjacent roads throughout the day.

    Architect Kuheli said when heavy vehicles continue to ply the road next to the mosque, its columns vibrate. Base of the structure may become unstable due to that, she said.

    “In order to preserve the mosque, it is necessary to ban movement of heavy vehicles on the road or if needed shift it elsewhere. Otherwise, it will be difficult to preserve the mosque, despite all the maintenance works,” she said.
     
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  2. Talwar e Pakistan

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    Guess people have different tastes, still not an appropriate comment to make of a mosque.
     
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    Beautiful
     
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    Its not as bad as it looks in the picture, but still nothing spectacular

    Although it was renovated in 1952(probably built around 17th century), little is known about the origin and the history behind the mosque except for the local historians. During a walk from Anderkilla Shahi Jame Masjid to the famous Chawkbazar, be sure to stop at Chandanpura Masjid and marvel the colours and architecture and say a prayer.

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    Maybe that blue color have ruined it's architectural beauty. Otherwise in lightr or cream colour it would look outclass.
     
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    Tuney mere mooh ki baat chheen lii!! You went a step ahead. You made the post funny too.

    :D
     
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    When I read the title I expected some magnificent Pakistani structure resembling Taj Mahal or something. But this...

    KLPD.. A Bangladeshi's taste.

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    Too much colours.
     
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    @waz @Dubious @Irfan Baloch @Horus

    Such retard statement about Masjid or any Abadat Gha must be punished hard.

    And also took not of this Safroon Chadi...


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    Meanwhile Pakistani architecture of Mosques for you.


    9 most beautiful mosques in Pakistan

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    Famous for their structures, architecture and history, we look at a few of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan. PHOTO: ONLINE

    Cascading domes, slender minarets and intricate art are just some of the features that make mosques such outstanding structures. With the spread of Islam, mosques too have evolved, and with fusions in architectural styles from different cultures the effects of globalisation are evident.

    Mosques all over the world possess a rich history and are central to the Islamic faith. Although mosques are a place where worshipers can come together to pray, they are also widely appreciated for their elaborate architecture.

    Famous for their structures, architecture and history, we look at a few of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan.



    1. Faisal Masjid, Islamabad

    Designed by a Turkish architect, Faisal Masjid is shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent, and is an iconic symbol in the capital.

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    2. Badshahi Masjid, Lahore

    Lahore’s famous Badshahi Masjid was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and is Pakistan’s second largest mosque. With its elaborate courtyard and red brick structure, the mosque is also a famous tourist attraction.

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    3. Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta

    Built during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan, the mosque was gifted to the people of Sindh for their hospitality. It is listed on the tentative UNESCO Worl Heritage list since 1993.

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    4. Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore

    Another famous mosque in Lahore, the Wazir Khan Mosque is known for its extensive tile work. Built over the course of seven years, the mosque is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture.

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    5. Moti Masjid, Lahore

    Located within the Lahore fort, Moti Masjid is a white marble structure built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. The five-arched facade of this mosque distinguishes it from others.

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    6. Grand Jamia Masjid, Lahore

    Located in Lahore’s Bahria Town, the Grand Jamia Mosque is among the largest in the world. The mosque is a very recent addition to the city and can accommodate at least 25, 000 worshipers at a time.

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    7. Bhong Masjid, Rahim Yar Khan

    Located in Rahim Yar Khan’s village of Bhong, the mosque was constructed over a period of 50 years. The mosque is exquisite in its architecture and decorative calligraphy.

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    8. Mahabat Khan Masjid, Peshawar

    A 17th-century mosque in Peshawar, the mosque is known for its geometric designs. The interior of the mosque is laden with lavish tiles and intricate paint work.

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    9. Masjid-e-Tooba, Karachi

    Also known as the Gol Masjid, Masjid-e-Tooba is a single-dome mosque in Karachi’s Korangi area. The mosque was built using pure white marble and its central prayer hall has the capacity to hold up to 5,000 people.

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    Congratulation Pakistani's are better Muslims than us, hope you get rewarded more by prayer in these beautiful mosques than one of our ugly mosques.
     
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    Most of those mosques are Mughal architecture. But doesn't matter, beautiful mosque is an oxymoron in Islam anyway. Mosques are supposed to be simple and not ornate. It should be a place of worship and hidayat. Muslims built many beautiful mosques around the world and became astray. Now we have jillati and at the same time beautiful mosques to brag about.
     
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