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The Suna Masjid, or Golden Mosque [Bara Sona Masjid].

The Suna Masjid, or Golden Mosque [Bara Sona Masjid].

Artist: Creighton, Henry (c.1767 - 1807)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: W3481(5)

Item number: 34815

Length: 10.1

Width: 14.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Built in 1526 by Sultan Nusrat Shah the Baradarwazi or Bara Sona Masjid (literally large golden mosque) is the largest building still standing in Gaur. The interior was covered with 44 small gilded domes supported on stone pillars; however only the 11 which formed a verandah to the front of the building survive. It is commonly referred to as Baraduari Mosque (the mosque of 12 doors). This view shows the main sanctuary. The mosque also has a large open courtyard with three monumental arched gateways built, like the sanctuary, of brick and faced in dressed black basalt to give the buildings their distinctive hue.

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