*The Sixty Dome Mosque:
The sixty-domed mosque located in Bagherhat district is one of the antiquities of Bangladesh. It is a world-renowned archeological site. It is identified as the most interesting Muslim architecture of the Sultanate of Bengal and of the entire subcontinent. In the 15th century, Khan Jahan Ali came to Bagerhat to spread Islam in a remote saline area. He was the first preacher of Islam in the region. In the public interest, he built mosques, houses, roads and ditches here. The sixty-domed mosque is one of his other achievements. Although it is called sixty domes, it has a total of 61 domes. Construction began in 1442 and was completed in 1459. The mosque was also used as a prayer room and madrasa as a meeting place. The 60-domed mosque is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
*Sonargaon and Kantjir Temple:
Sonargaon was the capital of Bangladesh during the Mughal period. Isa Khan named it after his wife Sonabibi. Sonargaon, located on the banks of the Shitalakshma River in Narayanganj, is the largest archeological site in Bangladesh. As this region was earlier the center of Mughal rule, various mosques, palaces, houses and roads have been built here. Notable monuments include the shrine of Panchbibir, the shrine of Sonabibir, the historic city of Panama, etc. The Kantji Temple at Dinajpur is one of the most important archeological sites in Bengal. Excellent terracotta design, it is one of the most attractive temples in Bengal for decoration. It was started by Maharaja Prannath in 1604 and was completed in 1822 during the reign of his son Raja Ramnath. The temple was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1897.
*Necessity to preserve antiquities:
Antiquities of Bengal are the resources of Bengal. This antiquity has historical value. These are living history. At present we are losing our antiquities due to land grabbing, lack of conservation, adverse environment. Necessary steps need to be taken to preserve these antiquities. For this we need the patronage of the government, the awareness and cooperation of the people. Then, our new generation will know about their ancient, glorious history and enrich the present and we will be able to present our heritage and culture to the world.
Our antiquities carry the glorious history of past lives. The culture that they introduce us to is very ancient. With the distant past, they still quench the thirst for knowledge of the inquisitive people in the world. Many tourists and researchers from home and abroad still flock to Bengal to see these archeological monuments. It is important to take care of them in order to uphold the ancient glory of the country.