Lalbagh Fort

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Coordinates: 23°43′8.52″N 90°23′17.01″E / 23.7190333°N 90.3880583°E / 23.7190333; 90.3880583

Lalbagh Fort (2007)

Lalbagh Fort (also Fort Aurangabad) is an incomplete 17th century Mughal fort complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1] The construction was started in 1678 AD by Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah who was son of Emperor Aurangzeb and later Emperor himself. His successor, Shaista Khan did not continue the work, though he stayed in Dhaka up to 1688.

1814 painting of Lalbagh Fort by Charles D'Oyly

Structures[edit]

Diwani-i-Aam[edit]

Diwan-i-Aam is a two storeyed building. A single storeyed Hammam is attached on its west. The Hammam portion has an underground room for boiling water. A long partition wall runs along the western facade of the Hammam.[1]

A water tank[edit]

A square shaped water tank (71.63m on each side) is placed to the east of the Diwan-i-Aam. There are four corner stairs to descent into the tank.[1]

Tomb of Bibi Pari[edit]

The tomb of Bibi Pari, the daughter of Shaista Khan, is in the middle of the complex. There is a central square room. It contains the remains of Bibi Pari covered by a false octagonal dome and wrapped by brass plate.[1] The entire inner wall is covered with white marble. Eight rooms surrounds the central one. There is another small grave in the southeastern corner room.[1]

Lalbagh Fort Mosque[edit]

The Lalbagh Fort Mosque is a three-domed mosque with a water tank on the eastern side.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Habibur Rahman. "Lalbagh Fort". Banglapedia. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 

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