Lalbagh Mosque Dhaka
Tradition ascribes the building of this mosque (pl. 10.1&10.2) to Prince Muhammad Azam, and the style of its construction confirms it. The mosque stands at the back of a low platform, and is of oblong plan, measuring 65’ long by 32.5’ wide with corner minars crowned with plastered kiosks.
Lalbagh Mosque Dhaka
Lalbagh Mosque Dhaka
Lalbagh Mosque Dhaka
Lalbagh Mosque Dhaka
 
There are three openings on the cast, the central one being the largest and slightly projected with flanking slender minarets. All the openings have four-centred heads, and are inset below high multi-cusped arches with net-pattern half- domes. These, together with the profuse paneling of the walls which are farther surmounted with battlemented cresting, give a pleasing appearance to the facade. The roof is covered with three domes, the central one bigger than others, and they spring from octagonal drums ornamented with merlons. The side-domes are slightly bulbous and fluted, with basal leaf pattern. The finials crowning them arc crude. Internally the three bays are of equal size, hut the diameter of the lateral domes is reduced by the intervention of half—domes on pendentives, on which the actual dome springs on a further series of’ pendentives. This is the beginning of a process which seeks to emphasise the central dome, and hence reduces the size of the side ones by shortening the length of the mosque. The length, which used to be three times the breadth, is reduced, but the diameter of central dome is kept equal to the width. Consequently the side—dome has to be of smaller size.

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