Friday, August 22, 2008

Mughal Edifices in ruins under British rule: 1757-1947

Lalbagh Fort S-W Bastion (area now known as Qillar Mor) built by prince Azam, 3rd son of Emperor Aurangzeb in 1678. The fort was named Qilla Aurangbad: Sir Charles D'oyle's (Collector of Dhaka since early 18th century) etching of 1816. Fort details click: "Lalbagh Fort Salvaged...."

Lalbagh Fort south east gate - Photo 1870

Lalbagh fort - South east gate, photo-1870

Lalbagh fort - (Lalbagh Shahi Masjid gate on extreme left), photo 1870

Lalbagh Fort and Farrukh Shyar Masjid 1880 ad

Tomb of Paribibi (Iran Dukht), known to be daughter of subehdar Shaista Khan married to prince Azam.
Top: Interior view of Lalbagh fort- (Lalbagh Fort complex being reconstructed to bring back its former glory following old plan by the archeological dept of Bangladesh. For details, click on "Lalbagh Fort salvaged...")

Eid-gah, Dhanmandi (restored)

Chawkbazar Badshahi Masjid and Mir Jumla's famous Cannon "Bibi Mariam" in the centre. (The Cannon has been shifted to Osmany Memorial Park, Ramna in 1980's:)

D'oyle's etching 1823 of "Bara (great) Katra" (caravansarai). Built in 1644 ad by Mir Abul Qasem under Subehdar Shah Shuja (now extinct except the tower)

North gate of 'Bara Katra' by D'oyle (now extinct)

Octogonal Tower of 'Bara Katra'

South view- Bara katra (now extinct) pic 1870

"Choto Katra" built by Subehdar Shaista Khan in 1663 (now extinct- pic of mid 20th century). For present river front, click see "Buriganga River..."

Saat Gumbad Masjid north west of Dhaka (now Mohammadpur): sketch by D'oyle in 1814- (it has been restored)

'On way to Tungi' by D'oyle.

Masjid in suburb of Dhaka -D'oyle's sketch 1820 (now extinct)
Masjid in Maghbazar- sketch by Charles D'yole in 1800 (now extinct)

Masjid Syuff Khan, Dhaka (now extinct) Charles D'oyle etching 1814

Masjid near Hussainy Dalan- Sketch by Charles D'oyle 1827 (now extinct)
'A hut beside a Tomb' by Charles D'oyle
Kartalab khan/Begumbazar Masjid (since restored)- for more click on the link.
Part of sunken Palace of prince Azim-us-shan at Posta, Lalbagh (now extinct)
Dhakeswari Temple- pic 1900 (since restored, click: 'Hindu Communities celebrate...')

Nazir Nato-singh Memorial at Chandnighat on water works road - Pic 1890 by Jonston Hoffman (now extinct)

Bridges at Taantibazar and Dolai Khal (now extinct)
Dolai khal

Bridge over Dolai khal (now extinct)

Bridge north of Dhaka (now extinct)

Pagla bridge on Dhaka-Narayanganj old road- (part still in exixtance). One dome of pillar being now used as a temple (for details click: "Historical Pagla Bridge or Temple...?")

Tongi bridge (now extinct)

Dhaka east 1880 ad may be Sonargaon (for Ramna area click: "Sunset Skyline Dhaka..."


Anonymous said...

Dear Sir: thank you for your great blog, no doubt the best from Dhaka. You may know me as Tanzirian from Skyscrapercity. One correction to this post...the picture labeled as "mosque in north west of Dhaka, now extinct" is in fact Shat Gombuj Masjid, still well preserved. Please keep up the great work, it is much appreciated by us probashis.

Ershad Ahmed said...

Many thanks Mr. "Tanzirian" for visiting the site. Sorry for the mistake, I have corrected it.
I am a great fan of the super blog "Skyscrapercity" with its wonderful stock of images of Dhaka and lively discussions.

Anonymous said...

I liked to see these old photos, they give a sense of the history. Your country must be very beautiful.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting.


Bhaboghure Jhor said...

"hats off"

Rezwan said...

Thanks for posting these rare photos.

Anonymous said...

sorry to see the pathetic scenes of these beatiful structures.

Anonymous said...

Great work and great efforts. Appreciate your sense of art, past.
Please try to add the pictures of Dhaka (18 and 19th and eary 20th century) which were photographed by British Govt. and now kept at British Library/Archives. It will hellp all to see the past of Dhaka.
I love it.

Engr. Mahbub M. Alam

Col. Quazi said...

Dear Sir,

The pictures of ancient Dhaka, or to be more precise, the ruins of Dhaka makes me nostalgic! As if I was born centuries back!! In fact I love historical/archaeological places and pictures. Thanks a lot for the wonderful job. Can you post more pictures of ancient dhaka?


Colonel Quazi, M. Ahmed (Retd)

Anonymous said...

Salam.I thank the author of this page for his great work.I spend my childhood in Dhaka city.I was there up to 1997.The city changed a lot.But by these old picture , we khow many thing.Thank you again. Dr.Abu Hena Mustafa Sarwar. Ministry of health. Saudi Arabia

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
Firstly Thank you for a beautiful blog site.You have done a great job to revive our old beloved Dhaka through your blog.
I was looking for some ancient photograph of Dhaka and came across your site.I was wondering If I can copy the photographs of your blog for my personal collection?

One small request, is it possible to upload some details history of specific site with pictures?I think that will be more helpful to the visitors like us.

Thank you,

Ershad Ahmed said...

yes sir, you are welcome to download any picture you like. thanks for your suggestion.

Sajid Ullah said...

very rich will help me get information for my blog too.hope u will not mind.