Re-development of a Mughal mosque Andarkilla mosque & market complex Andarkilla, Chittagong
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Andarkilla (inner fort) shahi mosque was a Mughal era mosque set up by umed khan (son of Shaesta khan). It remains as a victory monument against moghs and Portuguese pirates. It stands in the center of Chittagong city serving as a prominent jumma mosque even in present days. However, various shops and structures have surrounded the mosque hiding its old Mughal charm in present days. Yet, somehow its existence and ambience gives the essence of what it must have been in its dominant days. Today, Andarkilla shahi mosque stands as a complex mixed structure of inner mosque, outer extension mosque and shop-markets. For conservation, preservation or adaptive re-use, Andarkilla mosque is an ideal aspect. This site is important by all accounts; historically, culturally and architecturally. This paper discusses the opportunities with the justifications for the conservation and management of the old main mosque, construction of a bigger new extension mosque with city parking area and rethinking of the shops and market. The goal is that Andarkilla shahi mosque will continue to exist with its historic charm along with the modern facilities and lifestyle.