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Curzon Hall

Curzon Hall

curzon-hall3Curzon Hall is a structure in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that has an extremely fascinating history. It was significant in many political battles and is today a vital part of traditional education. The University of Dhaka has a School of Science division, of which the Curzon Hall is a part thereof. Its massive structure stands as a monument to the heritage of education in the city. Thus a dream that did not come true for its creator became as important as its original purpose was meant to be. Visiting Curzon Hall is not only a journey into the past, but it is an architectural masterpiece to marvel at. Continue reading “Curzon Hall”

Shaheed Minar National Monument

Shaheed Minar

shaheed-minarLocated near the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the national monument known as Shaheed Minar, was established in memory of those who were killed during the 1952 Bengali Language Movement demonstrations. Set upon a fourteen foot high stage, the Shaheed Minar National Monument is constructed from columns of pure marble stone, with stairs and railings painted white and the fences on either side bearing lines of poetry penned by famous poets made out of iron letters. Two statues are placed at the entrance of the monument. Continue reading “Shaheed Minar National Monument”

Bahadur Shah Park

Bahadur Shah Park

bahadur-shah-park2Bahadur Shah Park, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a striking war memorial set amidst the splendor of nature. It was built in 1858 at the initiative of Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani, in the Sadarghat area. It was called Victoria Park until 1947. After that, it was renamed after Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal emperor.

 

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In the late-nineteenth century Bahadur Shah Park was the centre of Bahadur Shah Park2Dhaka Continue reading “Bahadur Shah Park”

Martyred Intellectual Memorial

Martyred Intellectual Memorial

martyred-intellectual2Martyred Intellectuals Memorial is a memorial built in memory of the martyred intellectuals of Bangladesh Liberation War. The memorial, located at Rayerbazar, Mohammadpur Thana in Dhaka, was designed by architect Farid U Ahmed and Jami Al Shafi. The initial proposal for a memorial at Rayer Bazar was brought forward by Projonmo 71 (organisation of the children of the martyrs of liberation war), who also laid a temporary foundation stone in 1991.
During the entire duration of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, a large number of teachers, doctors, engineers, poets and writers were systematically massacred byPakistan Army and their local collaborators, most notably the alleged Islamist militia groups Al-Badr and Al-Shams. The largest number of assassinations took place on December 14, 1971, only two days before the surrender of Pakistan army to the joint force of Indian army and Mukti bahini. Continue reading “Martyred Intellectual Memorial”

Buddhism Temple in Bangladesh

Buddhism Temple 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 18:  Parents pray for their children's success at the College Scholastic Ability Test at Chogye Buddhist temple on November 18, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.  More than 700,000 high school seniors and graduates sit for the examinations at 1,100 test centers across the country. Success in the exam, one of the most rigourous standardized tests in the world, enables students to study at Korea's top universities.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Buddhism is the third largest religion in Bangladesh with about 0.7% of population adhering to Theravada Buddhism. Over 65% of the Buddhist population is concentrated in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, where Buddhism the predominant faith of the Chakma, Marma, Tanchangya and other Jumma people, while 35% of the population are from the ancient Bengali Barua community in Chittagong. Buddhist communities are present in different cities of Bangladesh, particularly Chittagong and Dhaka. Continue reading “Buddhism Temple in Bangladesh”

Dhakeshwari National Temple

Dhakeshwari  Temple

dhakeshwari-templemDhakeshwari National Temple (Bengali: ঢাকেশ্বরী জাতীয় মন্দির Ðhakeshshori Jatio Mondir) is a famous Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is state-owned, giving it the distinction of Bangladesh’s “National Temple”. The name “Dhakeshwari” (ঢাকেশ্বরী Ðhakeshshori) means “Goddess of Dhaka”. The temple is located southwest of the Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University. Since the destruction of Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971 by the Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Dhakeshwari Temple has assumed status as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh. Continue reading “Dhakeshwari National Temple”

Khan Jahan’s Tomb (Bagerhat)

Khan Jahan’s Tomb

khan-jahans-tombIt is popularly called the dargah complex of khan jahan. The complex consists of the square tomb building of Khan Jahan himself; a sarcophagus of Muhammad Tahir, his diwan; a single-domed mosque and the so-called kitchen. An intermediate wall encircles the tomb of Khan Jahan and the sarcophagus of his diwan.

The Tomb of Khan Jahan, measuring 13.7m a side externally and 9.1m internally, is a brick-built square building and forms the nucleus of the complex. The four exterior angles of the building are emphasised with solid circular towers. Continue reading “Khan Jahan’s Tomb (Bagerhat)”

Nayabad Mosque, Dinajpur

Nayabad Mosque, 

noyabaad_mosque1Nayabad Mosque is situated on the bank of the Dhepa river in village Nayabad in Ramchandrapur Union under Kaharol Thana of Dinajpur district, about 20 km to the north-west of the district town. The mosque, built on about 1.15 bighas of land, has been renovated by the Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh. A madrasa has recently been built in front of the mosque. Continue reading “Nayabad Mosque, Dinajpur”

Nine-Dome Mosque, Bagerhat

Nine-Dome Mosque, Bagerhat

nine-dome-mhhosqueNine-Dome Mosque is located on the western bank of the Thakurdighi, less than half a km away to the southwest of the tomb-complex of Khan Jahan. The mosque is now a protected monument of the Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh.

It is a brick-built square structure measuring about 16.76m externally and 12.19m internally. The 2.44m thick walls on the north, south and east sides are pierced with three arched-openings on each side; the central one, set within a rectangular frame, is larger than the flanking ones Continue reading “Nine-Dome Mosque, Bagerhat”

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