Was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family.
Situated at Kumartoli.
Construction Year 1859 to 1872.
Designated as a national museum.
It was actually built by Nawab sir Abdul Gani in 1872.
Named it Ahsan Manzil after the name of his beloved son Khwaza Ahsanullah.
The palace was reconstructed in 1888.
The Dome was created in the time of reconstruct.
Basically In Mughal era, there was a garden house of Sheikh Enayet Ullah. Sheikh
Enayet Ullah acquired a very big area in Kumartuli and included it in his garden
house. Here he built a palace and named it Rangmahal. Later, Sheikh Moti Ullah, the
son of Sheikh Enayet Ullah sold the property to the French traders. They made this
place as a trading house for the purpose of business. French traders made a big
palace and dug a pond for sweet water in this place. In 1830, the trading house of
Kumartuli was purchased by the established landlord of Dhaka Khwaja Alimullah.
Khwaja Alimullah made this trading house as his residence. In his time, a stable and
a family mosque was added in the compound. After his death, his son Khwaja Abdul
Gani made a great flourish to the property, and named it "Ahsan Manjil" on his son
Ahsan Ullah. Khwaja Abdul Gani made a new building with different design in the
east side of the old building. In 1888, a devastating tornedo hit the Dhaka city and
Ahsan Manjil was severely damaged. The whole building was again reconstructed.
The old French building was reconstructed to a two storied building keeping similarity
to the Rangmahal. A gangway was made with wood connecting the first floors of the
two buildings. The most beautiful thing made in this time was the dome, which made
the palace so beautiful.
The building structure was established on a raised platform of 1 meter.
The two-storied palace measures 125.4m by 28.75m.
The height of the ground floor is 5 meters.
The height of the first floor is 5.8 meters.
The building has a broad front-facing the Buriganga River.
Divided into two parts: the eastern side and the western side.
The eastern building with the dome is called the Rangmahal.
The western side with the living rooms is called Andarmahal.
Introduction of the Ahsan Manzil Museum
Different Parts of Lalbagh Fort
The Mosque (west side).
The tomb of Pari-Bibi (middle of east-west of the fort).
The Diwan-i-aam palace (east side).
Gateways, Royal Garden and Drainage System.
The mosque was used for prayer in that time, and still in use. Many Islamic art and
wall designs are preserved there.
The Tomb of Pari-Bibi
Shaista khan brought Marble stone, tiles, handy-crafts of flower-leaves for designing
the tomb of Pari-Bibi. This is the only place in Bangladesh where 9 rooms under
there decorated with this kind of items. The roofs are made of black stones. In the top
of the tomb, the dome is covered with pure copper. This beautiful 20.2 meter tomb
was inaugurated in 1688.
The Diwan-i-aam Palace
Diwan-i-aam is the greatest part of Lalbagh Fort. It was used as office in that time.
Diwan-i-aam is the place from where the Mughal ruler gave directions to the ordinary
people once in a week. There is also a royal bathroom known as Hammam.
Gateways, Royal Garden and the
There are 3 gateways to enter the fort. The southern gateway is the most important
and one can see it from Buriganga. It has a three-storied structure. But the middle
structure is covered by Minaret. That is why it looks like a 2 storied structure.
In the total area of Lalbagh fort there are also Royal gardens and a drainage system.
THE NAME SONARGAON CAME AS THE BANGLA VERSION OF THE
ANCIENT NAME SUVARNAGRAMA. BUDDHIST RULER
DANUJAMADHAVA DASHARATHADEVA SHIFTED HIS CAPITAL TO
SUVARNAGRAMA FROM BIKRAMPUR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 13TH
Pre-Muslim period & Muslim period
In early 14th century, Bauddha ruling in this area ended when Shamsuddin Firoz
Shah (reigned 1301–1322) of Lakhnauti occupied and annexed it to his kingdom.
Muslim settlers first arrive in Sonargaon region in around 1281. Sharfuddin Abu
Tawwamah, a medieval Sufi saint and Islamic philosopher came and settled here
sometime between 1282 and 1287.
Isa Khan's rule & British period
Isa Khan's rule
When Taj Khan Karrani was the independent Afghan ruler of Bengal, Isa Khan
obtained an estate in Sonargaon and Maheswardi Pargana in 1564 as a vassal of the
Karrani rulers. Isa Khan gradually increased his strength and in 1571 he was
designated as the ruler of the whole Bhati region. In 1575 he helped Daud Khan
Karrani fight the Mughal flotilla in the vicinity of Sonargaon.
Panam City was established in the late 19th century as a trading center of cotton
fabrics during British rule. Hindu cloth merchants built their residential houses following
colonial style with inspiration derived from European sources. Today this area is
protected under the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh. The city was linked
with the main city area by three brick bridges - Panam Bridge, Dalalpur
Bridgeand PanamNagar Bridge - during the Mughal period. The bridges are still in use.
Lok Shilpa Jadughar (Folk Arts Museum) in Sonargaon.
Lok Shilpa Jadughar (Folk Art and Craft Museum) of Sonargaon was established
by Bangladeshi painter Joynul Abedin on March 12, 1975. The house, originally
calledBara Sardar Bari, was built in 1901.
On 15 February 1984, Narayanganj subdivision was upgraded to a district by
the Government of Bangladesh. Hence Sonargaon became a subdistrict
of Narayanganj District of Dhaka division.