Bara Sona Masjid
Gaur, India
The Bara Sona Majid (literally, "large golden mosque") was built in 1526/932 AH by Sultan Nusrat Shah (r. ca. 1519–1532/924-938 AH). It is the largest building still standing in Gaur, a ruined city on the border of India and Bangladesh. It sits at the western side of a raised quadrangle, with eleven arched openings facing an entrance gateway and a lake. Gateways to the east and north remain, forming an open entrance courtyard. Forty-four small domes covered the interior, but only those covering a verandah to the front of the building remain. The veranda leads to a prayer hall of three by eleven bays. The mosque is built of brick, faced in plain stone with no carvings.


Hasan, Perween. "Gaur." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press, accessed June 11, 2014,

Husain, ABM. "Bara Sona Mosque." Banglapedia. Accessed June 11, 2014,

Merklinger, Elizabeth Schotten. Sultanate architecture of pre-Mughal India, 66. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 2005.

Michell, George, and Philip Davies. The Penguin guide to the monuments of India. Vol. 2, 304-305. London, England: Viking, 1989.
Gaur, India
Images & Videos
Associated Names
1526/932 AH
Style Periods
51.2 m x 23.15 m
Variant Names
Bara Sona Mosque
Sona Masjid
Building Usages