A building has the ability to tell us stories; through its structures and lines, through its former inhabitants, along with the events it has witnessed. There’s a reason why certain premises are marked as monumental. Here are a few that made it into our list!
National Parliament House of Bangladesh
Also known as Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, this structure was given the title of one of the most prominent buildings of the twentieth century. Standing on approximately 200 acres of land, the parliament house is one of the biggest in the world. The construction started in 1961 and ended in 1982. The architect involved, Louis Kahn, died when the projection was approximately three-quarters complete and from then, David Wisdom took over responsibility.
Known as one of the most significant historical monuments in Bangladesh, the edifice was the official residence of the Nawab family. Over time, it went through a lot of reconstructions and changes due to natural disasters but ultimately, the family didn’t want to give up their rights over the property. Because of their financial constraints, they were forced to eventually give it up to Zamindars but as a result it was plagued with illicit visitors occupying the space for infamous reasons. However, the government later intervened in order to keep its historical importance alive.
The spectacular architectural piece is approximately 200 years old, founded by Gobinda Ram Shaha. The palace is extravagantly spacious holding 200 rooms; it has a touch of antiquity because of the mix in architecture with colonial times styled features along with Greek-Roman styled pillars and roofs. Formerly known as ‘Dosh-ani-Zaminder Bari’, the palace was given the title of a cultural property in 1987 by the Bangladesh Archaeological Department.
Other than being known as the national mosque of Bangladesh, it is known as the 10th biggest mosque in the world, having a capacity of 40,000 people. The structure holds a mixture of modern architecture with a hint of traditional elements of Mughal architecture. But the outer cube shape was inspired by the design of Kabaah situated in Mecca. A total of eight stories, the proposal for the construction of the mosque was presented in 1959 and the mosque was completed in 1968.
Bait Ur Rouf
This edifice defines minimalism. With its gateways for natural lighting, air and almost no furniture, the mosque had been able to capture a vast amount of unexpected attention. Bait Ur Rouf is located in a surprisingly crowded neighborhood in Dhaka called Faidabad. The mosque is designed without any typical features of a mosque such as domes and minarets. The outline of the now renowned mosque was inspired by Sultanate mosque architecture.
Bara Katra is known as one of the oldest buildings in Old Dhaka. The structure holds a lot of significance since the place is rich in history. The place was the official residence of Mughal Prince Shah Shuja. The architecture of the edifice was partially inspired by Mughal architecture and the traditional pattern of Central Asia’s caravanserai. Like other historical monuments, the structure was a thing of beauty back then but over time, its condition deteriorated because of not getting proper care. The Bangladeshi government tried to intervene and take charge in order to preserve its history but the current owners were unwilling to let go of the palace.