This mosque's façade is innovatively articulated, and is a fine example of the provincial Mughal style introduced to Bangladesh in the 17th century. In a picture perfect setting at the edge of the Buriganga River, the site uses maximum river frontage. Unfortunately, since the mosque was built the river has receded a mile to the south; now the mosque commands a visually significant position on what used to be the 15' high raised riverside embankment .
Built on a spacious platform, the mosque measures 58' x 27' externally and belongs to the three-domed oblong mosque typology similar to the Lalbagh Fort mosque or Khan Mirdha mosque. The Sat (seven) Gumbad (dome) mosque owes its name to the three main domes, plus the four domes of the corner towers. Two prominent double storeyed corner pavilions (12' wide) mark the north and south ends and replace the usual towers associated with mosques. Each storey has arched panels and windows that are surmounted by a cornice. The domes of the pavilions are crowned by lotus finials. When viewed from the east the pavilions lend the mosque the impression of having five exterior bays. These features represent all the developed architectural feature of the Shaista Khani period. The east facade has three cusped entrance arches. The central entrance is slightly larger and has multifoil arches. The two other entrances flanking it have decorations applied only to their exterior faces. Shallow niches flank the entrances, while slender engaged columns with bulbous bases demarcate the central bay. The rest of the exterior surface is covered by paneled decorations.
In the interior, the central mihrab is pronounced by a double row of cusping with the surface embellished in molded plaster relief. There are three mihrabs in the west wall or qibla wall. The transition of the square bay to the circle of the corresponding dome is marked by pendentives. The octagonal drums on which the domes rest are decorated with blind merlons.
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