There’s a host of top Historic Sites in Bangladesh to visit and among the very best are The Liberation War Museum, Lalbagh Fort and Somapura Mahavira. Other popular sites tend to include Kotila Mura and Salban Vihara.
We’ve put together an experts guide to Bangladeshi Cultural Landmarks and Monuments with our top places to visit as well as a full list of Historic Sites in Bangladesh, which shouldn’t be ignored if you have the time.
What are the best Historic Sites in Bangladesh?
The Lalbagh Fort is a seventeenth century Mughal fortified palace in Dhaka which was never completed. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Lalbagh Fort was the scene of – ultimately unsuccessful – revolts by the local soldiers against the British during the Great Rebellion.
The Liberation War Museum chronicles the history of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Located in Dhaka, the Museum starts in the lead up to this nine-month long conflict, looking at different aspects of the war and its outcome. From photographs and newspaper extracts to personal belongings and even human remains, the Museum has a range of artefacts and sources which tell this dramatic story of Bangladeshi independence from Pakistan.
Somapura Mahavira is one of the world’s grandest and most important historic Buddhist monasteries. Built under the remit of the Pala Emperor Dharmapala in the seventh century, the name Somapura Mahavira – meaning the Great Monastery – hints at its vast size.
Somapura Mahavira continued to thrive as an academic and religious hub until the twelfth century and today it is considered to be one of the best examples of the artistic excellence of its time. The site is now open to the public and there is a small museum exhibiting local finds.
Kotila Mura is an important Buddhist site in Bangladesh, one of fifty such sites amongst the Mainimati ruins. Made up of three stupas, the site is believed to have been in use from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Of these three Buddhist shrines, each represents one of the Three Jewels of Buddhism, being Dharma, Sangha and Buddha.
Salban Vihara is one of the most important Buddhist sites found amongst the Mainimati ruins. A large monastery probably built in the eighth century, this flame coloured building would have been able to house 115 monks and today it offers an interesting glimpse into the former grandeur of Mainimati.