Star Mosque, also known as Tara Mosque, is located in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, in the old part of the city. The Muslim temple is decorated with decorative elements, and the stylization of blue stars in its interior gave the mosque a name.
According to documents, the construction under the protectorate of Mirza Golam Pira was completed in the middle of the 19th century. The original shape of the base of the mosque is a rectangle, it had three domes and three entrances in the form of arches on the eastern side. There were also doorways - one at a time on the north and south walls. The towers were completed later. Now the temple has four corner minarets and five domes, an elegant white building outside is also decorated with stars and resembles a carved box.
With the financial assistance of the businessman and industrialist Ali Jean Bepari, the temple was reconstructed and redeveloped in the 30s of the 20th century. An external veranda was completed, with the help of English and Japanese ceramic tiles, fragments of blue Chinese porcelain, images of stars and crescents using the Chinitikri technique were laid out inside and out. Thus, the mosque, which had no historical significance, is now one of the few remaining examples of piece decoration in the Chinitikri style.
In 1987, by order of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the area of the prayer hall was increased and two more domes were erected.
The interior of the mosque is designed in two directions, decorated with Japanese and English kaolin tiles. One of the approaches uses solid color; the shapes cut out according to the pattern are placed in white plaster. Domes and external walls are covered with multi-colored star tiles. Crescent-shaped motifs are located on the upper part of the eastern facade. Three mihrabas and doorways are decorated with a floral mosaic pattern. The motifs of plants and amphorae are repeated as a decorative element on sails, as well as on the inside of the veranda wall. As a decorative element on the wall between the entrances is an image of Fuji.
The mosque was built in accordance with the Mughal architectural style, and despite further additions and repairs, it still retains most of its original form and is a repository of exquisite works of art.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Ali Jan Bepari, a local businessman, financed the restoration of the mosque and added a new oriental veranda. The surfaces were decorated in the style of Chaynitikri (a mosaic of fragments of Chinese ceramics), popular in the 1930s. The mosque, which did not represent historical significance before, became one of the few remaining architectural structures with a similar design. The mosaic is laid out in the form of stars, which gave the name of the mosque. In 1987, an extension of the prayer hall was made, which allowed the addition of two more domes.
Crescents are also shown in the upper part of the eastern facade.
Inside, the Chaynitikri technique is also used, but in a slightly different way, tiles of different textures are used, of which both stars and floral ornaments are laid out, including vases with flowers. The space between the doors is decorated with the image of the Japanese Mount Fuji.