Shahbaz Khan Mosque - Dhaka

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Front view of Khwaja Shahbaz Mosque

I have heard about the tomb and the mosque of Hazrat Khwaza Shahbaz before. Also I have gone several times through the road which is just beside the mosque. But I have never had a chance to visit this old fashioned and one of the oldest mosque of Dhaka. This one is situated just behind the Mausoleum of three leaders which is just near the Doyel Chattar of Dhaka University. This mosque is known as Shahbaz Khan Mosque these days.

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Shahbaz Khan Mosque

Khwaza Shahbaz, the founder of the mosque was a prominent merchant of Dhaka. In fact, prominent is not the sufficient to describe his wealth. People used to call him as Merchant of Prince. According to the history of the mosque, it was built at 1679 AD at the surrounding of the Ramna Park.

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Western side of the mosque Shahbaz Khan Mosque

The mosque has three large Domes, and the architecture is almost similar to the structures of the era of Mughal. The measurement of the mosque is exactly 20.73 m by 7.92m. It comprises with three front doors, where the middle one is a bit larger compare to the other two.

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Left side Dome is the Tomb's, and other three are of the mosques's

As a commemoration, the mosque premise has a tomb of the founder of the mosque. The tomb is decorated with only a single dome. The southern part of the tomb has a nicely shaped veranda with a curvy roof. Inside the tomb, there is something which is covered with red cloth (I don't know what is this called).

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Khwaja Shahbaz Tomb with a beautiful do-chala hut-shaped roofed veranda

Each corner of the Shahbaz Khan mosque or the tomb has a firmly built pillar (minaret?), which are lovely to examine. The baroque style of the pillar will certainly impress you. Neither the mosque nor the tomb has any window. That's why when you'll look inside the tomb or mosque, you'll find it a bit darker, no matter how sunny the day is.

Mosque Khwaja Shahbaz
Corner of the tomb, a lovely decorated pillar

How to Go: Shahbaz Khan Mosque is located just beside the Doyel chattar of Dhaka University. The mosque can be seen from there, as well you can ask anyone around there to guide you. GPS coordinate of the Shahbaz Khan Mosque is (23°43'45.7"N, 90°24'01.3"E).

Shahbaz Khan Mosque,
GPS Coordinate (23°43'45.7"N, 90°24'01.3"E),
List of Hotels from Dhaka.

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Sunday, 11 April 2010