The Lalbag fort, historical tourist place in Dhaka Bangladesh

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A fort standing before the Buriganga rive is known as Lalbag fort which was before known as Fort Aurangabad and that is an incomplete 17th-century Mughal Fort complex. Lalbag Fort is situated in the south western part of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Lalbag fort was constructed in 1678 AD by Mugha Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb and later he himself was the emperor. Though he stayed in Dhaka upto 1688 his successor, Shaista khan hadn’t continued the work. Lalbag fort is designed according to the mughal architecture style. Much of the complex being built over now sits across from modern buildings but the fort was never completed. Lalbag fort had the combination of three buildings, the mosque, the tomb of Bibi Pari and the Diwan-i-aam with two gateways and a portion of the partly damaged fortification wall. It’s now a tourist spot in dhaka.

The Southern Fortification wall was designed having a huge bastion in the southwestern corner and On the north of the south fortification wall there were the utility buildings, stable, administration block, and the western part had accommodated a beautiful roof-garden with arrangements for fountains and a water reservoir.

On the east of the west fortification wall, mainly to the southwest of the mosque, the residential part was situated. The fortification wall on the south was designed with five bastions at regular intervals two stories in height, and the western wall had two bastions among them the biggest one is located near the main southern gate and the bastions had a tunnel. The central area of the fort has been occupied by three buildings – the Diwan-i-Aam and the hammam , the Mosque on the west side and the Tomb of Pari Bibi in between the two in one line.

A two storied residence of the Mughal governor of bengal which was located on the east side of the complex is the Diwan-i-aam and it is attached with a single storied hammam on its west. There are an underground room for boiling water in the hammam portion.

Having four corner stairs to descend into the tank, there was a square shaped water tank (71.63m on each side) which is placed to the east of the Diwan-i-Aam. The lalbag fort mosque is built in with three domes and is relatively small for a large site, with a water tank for ablutions in front. The tomb of Bibi Pari, the daughter of Shaista Khan, is located in the middle of the complex and that has a central square room which is containing the remains of Pori Bibi covered by a false octogonal dome and wrapped by brass plate.

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