A Panoramic Tour of Dhaka, Bangladesh
A Panoramic Tour of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Compilation of Panoramic Photos from Dhaka, Bangladesh
Also see: My collection of Panorama Compilation
Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Panorama photos are normally shot by stitching series of photos with sightly overlapping fields to create a panoramic image.
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is a city with an interesting mix of architectures. This post contains panoramic photos mainly from the Dhaka University area and Old Dhaka.
The Shaheed Minar (শহীদ মিনার) or the Martyr Monument is a national monument of Bangladesh, and was built in honor of those killed during the Bengali Language Movement of 21 Feb. 1952.
On 21 Feb. 1952, dozens of students and political activists were killed when the Pakistani police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were demanding equal status for their native tongue, Bengali.
The present memorial was constructed in 1972 and stands at the site of the massacre, near the Dhaka Medical College and Ramna Park. Since 2010, Feb. 21 has been declared as the International Mother Language Day (IMLD),by the UNESCO.
Curzon Hall houses the science faculty of the Dhaka University. The building dates back to 1904 and its foundation stone was laid by Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India. With the establishment of Dakha University in 1921, it became the base of the university’s science faculty.
Today, the Dhaka University consists of several departments and the campus covers a huge area with lots of open spaces, including several ponds.
Just outside the Dhaka University Campus, in the Shahbag area, stands a strange figure with towering arches. It is the Mausoleum of three leaders (তিন নেতার মাজার) and contains the mortal remains of three great leaders, A.K. Fazlul Huq (1873–1962), Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (1892–1963) and Khwaja Nazimuddin (1894–1964). All the three men served as Prime Minister of Bengal during British India.
The Mausoleum of three leaders was designed by architects Masood Ahmed and S.A. Zahiruddin, and was inaugurated in 1963.
Museum of Independence (স্বাধীনতা জাদুঘর), is the latest addition in the Dhaka tourist map. The museum was open to public on 25 March 2015. It is located at the Suhrawardy Udyan, the very place where Seikh Mujibur Rahman gave the historic speech, declaring the birth of Bangladesh.
The Museum of Independence is located underground and the upper area consists of a huge open space with a 50 meter tall Tower of Light, a square tower made with glass panels, at the centre.
The underground museum is centred round a fountain, where water falls from the ceiling. The Museum of Independence is designed by architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury and Marina Tabassum.
Architecture in Dhaka is not restricted to modern architecture only. The Dhanmondi Eidgah dates back to 1604, and happens to be the oldest surviving Mughal monument in entire Dhaka. The Dhanmondi Eidgah has been used during the Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Zuha prayers. It consists of a open rectangular area, with a Mihrab on the Western wall.
Dhakeeshwari Temple, is the national temple of Bangladesh and dates back to the 12th century AD. Sadly, the original structures of the temple complex have been largely modified and nothing remains of the age old structure of the temple.
The old city of Dhaka grew up along the Buriganga River. Today, the historic river is a victim of pollution and the water is as dirty as that of a drain. In spite of the large scale pollution, the Buriganga is a swift flowing navigable river, connecting Dhaka with different parts of Bangladesh.
- This is a compilation post and would be updated from time to time and I do have plans of visiting Dhaka again
- I visited Dhaka on a invitation of Wikimedia Bangladesh on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Bengali Wikipedia. So a very special thanks to Wikimedia Bangladesh.
- A special thanks to fellow wikipedians Afifa and Ibrahim for guding us through the streets of Dhaka for the entire day. Also thanks to Tanweer, Nahid, Pratyya and Rnju da who also joined us during the exploration of Dhaka. Biswarup da, a fellow wikipedian from India deserves someting more than thanks.