Introducing Sona Masjid (Gaud)
A site of great historical importance, Gaud (pronounced Gaur, but known by most people on this side of the border as Sona Masjid, the name of the main mosque here) has more historic mosques than almost any other area in Bangladesh. Some of its sights are in India, some in Bangladesh.
The Hindu Senas established their capital here, after which the Khiljis from Turkistan took control for three centuries, to be followed in the late 15th century by the Afghans. Under the Afghans, Gaud became a prosperous city, surrounded by fortified ramparts and a moat, and spread over 32 sq km. Replete with temples, mosques and palaces, the city was visited by traders and merchants from all over Central Asia, Arabia, Persia and China. A number of mosques are still standing today, and some have been restored, although none of the buildings from the earlier Hindu kingdoms remains.