The 451-foot minaret of the mosque is supposedly the tallest concrete minaret in the world
A 201-dome mosque in Bangladesh has become the centre of attraction for people all around the country.
It is built on the bank of the Jhinai River in Tangail's Gopalpur upazila, some 140 km from the capital Dhaka.
The 451-foot minaret of the mosque is most likely the tallest concrete minaret in the world, said Humayun Kabir, caretaker of the project.
The minaret is equivalent to the height of a 55-storey building. The mosque will hold more than 15,000 devotees at a time. Among the 201 domes, the tallest one is in the middle and is 81-feet high. The other 200 domes surrounding it are 17-feet high.
Construction work on the mosque began in January 2013, with an area of 15 Bigha (1 Bigha=33 decimals). Over 80% of the construction work is complete.
The budget for the project was initially determined at Tk15 crore, however, until now over Tk100 crore has been spent.
The project began when Rafiqul Islam, from South Pathalia village, Gopalpur, dreamed of building the mosque at his birthplace. Later, he formed the Rafiqul Islam Trust to look after the construction of the mosque.
Islam has donated some of his ancestral land for the building of the mosque. At the same time, some of the villagers helped make Islam’s dream true. Finally, the construction of the mosque started.
Rafiqul Islam told Dhaka Tribune that many people from home and abroad came to witness the beauty of the 201-dome mosque and during every holiday around 10,000 people visit the mosque.
Many philanthropists of the country extended support in building the mosque and the construction work was not stopped even for an hour due to lack of funds, he added.