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Verandah of the Bara Sona or Golden Mosque, also known as the Baradarwazi, Gaur.

Verandah of the Bara Sona or Golden Mosque, also known as the Baradarwazi, Gaur.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(109)

Item number: 1003109

Genre: Photograph

This view shows the front veranda of the Bara Sona or Big Golden mosque in Gaur which runs along in front of the main prayer chamber itself. Built in 1526 by the Bengali Sultan Nusrat Shah the mosque comprises eleven bays and corresponding prayer niches inside, engaged towers at each of its four corners and a spacious enclosed courtyard of almost seventy metres in diameter entered through impressive gateways. The brick skeleton of the mosque is faced in grey basalt. The large size of the enclosure shows that it was intended use was as a mosque for Friday prayer; this required a space capacious enough to accomodate the entire local congregation each week to hear the delivery of the 'khutba' or sermon.

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