The Sixth and Seventh Banknote Issues of Bangladesh

Figure 25

For many years it was considered the mosque within the Lalbag fort was built at the same time as the fort. However, an inscription on the mosque indicates the date of construction as 1649, some thirty years before the fort was built. A second inscription showing the date 1780 is believed to refer to restoration work on the mosque. The mosque is a typical Bengali mosque of the Mughal period. It is divided into three interior bays, with ornamental half-domes over each door. Small turrets surmount each corner and the fašade is divided into rectangular niches. The three fluted domes atop the mosque are believed to have been added during the restoration work in the late eighteenth century.

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