Chunakhola - Mosque City of Bagerhat, Bangladesh

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Project NameChunakhola - Mosque City of Bagerhat
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Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial7.92 GBFaro Focus S350 Phase Based Laser Scanner
Photogrammetry - Terrestrial14.9 GBNikon D810 DSLR
Photogrammetry - Aerial8.24 GBDJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone
Site DescriptionLocated at the meeting point of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, The Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat was founded by the general Khan Jahan in the 15th Century and was known as Khalifatabad. Extending over 50 square kilometers, the city contains some of the most significant buildings of the initial period of Muslim architecture in Bengal. The city was home to over 300 mosques, bridges, public buildings, mausoleums, water tanks composed of baked brick. The city is notable for the high concentration of finely made religious monuments, spatial planning and lack of fortifications. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 the remaining monuments exhibit a unique architectural style known as Khan-e-Jahan. Khan Jahan is revered as a sufi saint today and the mosques are still active and remain a place of pilgrimage.
Project DescriptionIn April 2019, CyArk traveled to the historic mosque city of Bagerhat to document three monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage site. Selected in conjunction with the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh, the field team mapped the Shait Gombuj Masjid or sixty domed mosque, the 9 domed mosque and the single domed Chunakhola mosque. The three sites were documented to provide an accurate baseline of the monuments condition that can be used to analyze the water infiltration going on at the site and plan conservation efforts.Following the field work, CyArk and ICOMOS led a workshop for representatives from the Department of Archaeology, Khulna University the United Nations Development Program and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka. During the workshop discussion were held around climate change impacts to Bangladesh and the need for more research on how the impacts will manifest on the heritage structures.
Collection Date2019-04-23 to 2019-05-03
Publication Date2020-06-22
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
FundersGoogle Arts and Culture
PartnersICOMOS , Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh
Site AuthorityDepartment of Archaeology of Bangladesh
CyArk 2020: Chunakhola - Mosque City of Bagerhat - LiDAR - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Aerial , LSP Files . Collected by CyArk . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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