Sylhet District

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Sylhet
সিলেট
District
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867
Country  Bangladesh
Division Sylhet Division
Established 1782
Area[1]
 • Total 3,452.07 km2 (1,332.85 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 3,434,188
 • Density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Literacy rate
 • Total 66%
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 3100
Website www.dcsylhet.gov.bd

Sylhet (Bengali: সিলেট জেলা, Sylhet Jela also Sylhet Zila), located in north-east Bangladesh, is one of the four districts in the Sylhet Division.

Geography[edit]

Sylhet is the chief town of the division, where the division headquarters as well as Sylhet district headquarters are located. Its most famous natural touristic spot is Jaflong and it is also home to the grave of the famous Muslim saint, Hazrat Shah Jalal Yamani, located in Sylhet town, the capital of the district and the greater Sylhet division.

Subdivisions[edit]

Sylhet District is divided into twelve sub-districts or Upazilas.

They are:[2]

History[edit]

Sylhet district was established on 3 January 1782, and until 1878 it was part of Bengal province. In that year, Sylhet was included in the newly created Assam Province, and it remained as part of Assam up to 1947 (except during the brief break-up of Bengal province in 1905–11). In 1947, Sylhet became a part of East Pakistan as a result of a referendum (except the sub-division of Karimganj.) Sylhet subsequently became a sub-division of Sylhet Division and was converted into a district in 1983–84.

Madhobkundo falls in Sylhet district
Rice fields in Balaganj, Sylhet

Religion[edit]

Shahi Eidgah in Sylhet is one of the oldest and largest Eidgahs in Bangladesh and a popular tourist spot

The district of Sylhet has 6754 mosques, 453 temples, 96 churches and four Buddhist temples.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bangladesh at GeoHive
  2. ^ Ashfaq Hossain (2012). "Sylhet District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.