Now the capital of Bangladesh and one of the most densely populated places on earth, Dhaka has an illustrious and extensive history stretching back millennia. The major centre of the Mughal Empire and an important hub on the Indian Subcontinent of the British Empire, the city is known for its beautiful ruins, bustling culture and fiery Bengali cuisine.
Sixty Dome Mosque
Literally translated to the Sixty Dome Mosque, this is considered to be the country’s most significant Muslim monument. Dating back to the Sultanate period of the 15th Century, the Shait Gumbad Mosque is remotely located over 200 miles from the capital city of Dhaka. The mosque is an astounding achievement of Tughlaq Dynasty and contains 77 domes despite its misleading name.
A short drive away from Dhaka’s centre, Sanargoan is one of the most historically interesting parts of the country. It is home to a number of buildings from throughout Bangladesh’s extensive history. Most significant is Panam City, an establishment dating back several centuries. Boasting a wealth of ancient buildings, Panam City resurfaced in prominence during British colonial rule when it became a major trading hub for cotton. Few parts of the country provide quite as kaleidoscopic a view of Bangladeshi history than Sonargaon.
One of the major Bangladeshi relics of the Mughal Period, Lalbagh Fort is one of the world’s most notable unfinished buildings. Commissioned by Subadhdar Muhammad Azam Shah in 1678, the project was abandoned following his death as his successor decided not to oversee its completion. Left abandoned and neglected for centuries until it was rediscovered by archaeologists. Despite its incomplete state, the building is without a doubt one of the most impressive historical sites in Dhaka.
Drawing over 3 million visitors per year, Ahsan Manzil dates back to the 19th Century as the former home of the Nawab of Dhaka. One of the city’s most impressive building, the Ahsan Menzil is known for its intricate design and distinct colour. It was converted into a museum in 1985 and is one of the city’s major cultural and historical institutions. A major architectural achievement, the Ahsan Menzil is both a spectacular sight and an insightful experience.
National Assembly Building
A vast complex spanning over 200 acres, the National Assembly of Bangladesh, or the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, is the home of the country’s Parliament. Known for its striking modernist design by esteemed architect Louis Khan which nonetheless pays tribute to Bangladeshi culture and history, the building has earned plaudits from the design community. While the building itself is not open to members of the public, the complex itself is.