While Shait Gumbad Masjid (Sixty Dome Mosque) in Bagerhat, Bangladesh might qualify as one of more remote and foreigner-free UNESCO sites we’ve come across in our travels, it’s certainly not a lonely place.
From the moment we stepped foot on the grounds of this 15th century pre-Mughal-era mosque, we were approached by playful school girls, elderly Imams, extended families, shutter-happy teenagers and everyone in between. Conversations went in and out of Bangla and English about Bangladesh, United States, Islam, crocodiles, cricket, Facebook and more. At every turn, mobile phones clicked with photos of us.
And although the grounds of the mosque teem with people and activity, the interior is a peaceful array of columns and domes (77 in total plus four at the corners, just to confuse the visitor hoping to count 60). See for yourself in the panorama below.
360-Degree Panorama: Shait Gumbad Mosque in Bagerhat, Bangladesh