The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka is globally renowned as the City of Mosques. Among countless mosques situated in Dhaka, Baitul Mukarram (The Holy House) is not only the national mosque of Bangladesh but also a great architecture wonder.
It's construction began on 27 January 1960, and has been going on in phases since. As it has the capacity of 40,000 people this mosque has been placed as the 10th biggest mosque in the world.
The main building is eight storied and 99 feet high from the ground level. The 'shaan' on the east is 29,000 square feet with ablution space on its south and north sides. Ablution or Wu’du Place cached an important part when the Baitul Mukarram was begun.
The absence of a dome on the main building is compensated by the two shallow domed entrance porticoes, one on the south, and the other on the north. The elevation of these porticoes consists of three horseshoe shaped arches, the middle of which is bigger than the rest. Two patios ensure that enough light and air enter the prayer hall. The area of the main prayer hall is 26,517 square feet with a mezzanine floor of 1,840 square feet at the eastern side.
The Baitul Mokarram mosque is modern in its architectural style. But it has not discarded traditional principles of mosque architecture. It has found its place in the hearts of the Muslims because of the resemblance of its form to the famous Kaba at Mecca.
Author: Ishan Hasnat
photo source: beautifulmosque.com
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