Discover Noyabaad Mosque
Nayabad is a quaint village that is located on the banks of the Dhepa River in Bangladesh. It is situated in the Ramchandrapur Union and has one major attraction that sets the village apart from other destinations, namely the Noyabaad Mosque. It is a large structure that dates back to 1793 AD and shares a magnificent history with the village. Its detailed construction and breathtaking features makes the Noyabaad Mosque a fascinating and awe-inspiring site to visit, showcasing the extraordinary talents of the architects of the day.
It is said that Muslim architects and workers came to the region to build the Kantanagar Temple during the rule of Emperor Shah Alam II. The exact date during the eighteenth century is not established, but workers settled themselves here, establishing the village of Nayabad. To continue their religion, they constructed the Noyabaad Mosque as a place of worship. Their workmanship is truly remarkable, with each corner of the mosque featuring spectacular octagonal towers. The mosque also boasts three domes on its roof. The walls of the mosque measure over a meter in thickness and the towers also display their sturdiness with their large construction measurements. The entrance has three large archways, with the centre arch being flanked by two smaller arches. The domes on the mosque are also constructed in this manner, with the central dome being larger than the domes on its sides. On the inside of the mosque, arched doorways are a recurring feature and some of the interior decorations can still be seen. Even though most of the terracotta plaques have been damaged over the years, there are still over a hundred that remain, displaying delicate floral detail and various other motifs.
The four corner towers were also decorated, however, only two cupolas have survived. During construction, a chhatri (a popular feature in Indian architecture, a dome shaped pavilion elevation) was added to the towers and tapers down from each tower under the cupola. The Noyabaad Mosque may not be in the pristine condition it was when first built, but is still a wonderful historical site and architectural wonder.