Old historical photos and images of Dhaka, Bangladesh
ঢাকা, বাংলাদেশের পুরানো ঐতিহাসিক ছবি ও ছবি

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History of city Dhaka, Bangladesh in photos

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Geography: Dhaka, formerly known as Dacca, is the capital and the largest city of Bangladesh. It is the ninth-largest and the sixth-most densely populated city in the world, with a population of 8.9 million residents within the city limits, and a population of over 21 million residents in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is the economic, political, and cultural center of Bangladesh, and is one of the major cities in South Asia. As part of the Bengal plain, the city is bounded by the Buriganga River, Turag River, Dhaleshwari River and Shitalakshya River.

The area of Dhaka has been inhabited since the first millennium. The city rose to prominence in the 17th century as a provincial capital and commercial center of the Mughal Empire. Dhaka was the capital of the proto-industrialised Mughal Bengal for 75 years (1608–39 and 1660–1704). As the center of the muslin trade in Bengal, it was one of the most prosperous cities on the Indian subcontinent. The medieval city was named Jahangirabad in honor of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and hosted the seat of the Mughal Subahdar, Naib Nazims and Dewans. Medieval Dhaka's glory peaked in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was home to merchants from across Eurasia. It was the centre of a flourishing sea trade attracting European traders. The Mughals decorated the city with well-laid out gardens, tombs, mosques, palaces and forts. The city was once called the Venice of the East. Under British rule, the city saw the introduction of electricity, railways, cinemas, Western-style universities and colleges and a modern water supply. It became an important administrative and educational center in Eastern Bengal and Assam after 1905. In 1947, after the end of British rule, the city became the administrative capital of East Pakistan. It was declared as the legislative capital of Pakistan in 1962. In 1971, after the Liberation War, it became the capital of an independent Bangladesh.

Dhaka is the financial, commercial and the entertainment capital of Bangladesh, and accounts for up to 35% of Bangladesh's economy. Since its establishment as a modern capital city the population, area, social and economic diversity of Dhaka have grown tremendously, the city is now one of the most densely industrialized regions in Bangladesh. The old city is home to around 2000 buildings from the Mughal and British periods, including notable structures such as the Bara Katra and Choto Katra caravansaries.

Date of foundation: 1608


Population: 8 906 039


Dhaka. Ayub Avenue, 1950s
Ayub Avenue, 1950s
Dhaka. Ayub Avenue
Ayub Avenue
Dhaka. Chowk Bazaar, Bibi Mariam Cannon, 1885
Chowk Bazaar, Bibi Mariam Cannon, 1885
Dhaka. Chowk Bazaar, trade rows, 1904
Chowk Bazaar, trade rows, 1904
Dhaka. City Building, 1950s
City Building, 1950s
Dhaka. College, 1904
College, 1904
Dhaka. Darrassari Temple, 1904
Darrassari Temple, 1904
Dhaka. Dilkoosha Pleasure Palace, 1885
Dilkoosha Pleasure Palace, 1885
Dhaka. Dilkusha - Dana Dighi Lake, 1904
Dilkusha - Dana Dighi Lake, 1904
Dhaka. Dilkusha - Garden, 1904
Dilkusha - Garden, 1904
Dhaka. Dilkusha - Small Garden House, 1904
Dilkusha - Small Garden House, 1904
Dhaka. Fruit Market, 1975
Fruit Market, 1975
Dhaka. High Court
High Court
Dhaka. Hindu Temple on bank of river, 1885
Hindu Temple on bank of river, 1885
Dhaka. Hotel Intercontinental
Hotel Intercontinental
Dhaka. Imambara Hosseini Dallan, 1904
Imambara Hosseini Dallan, 1904
Dhaka. Iron Suspension bridge at Dacca, erected in 1830, 1885
Iron Suspension bridge at Dacca, erected in 1830, 1885
Dhaka. Iron Suspension Bridge, 1904
Iron Suspension Bridge, 1904
Dhaka. Jinnah Avenue
Jinnah Avenue
Dhaka. Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, 1970
Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, 1970
Dhaka. Lalbagh Fort, south entrance, south view, 1875
Lalbagh Fort, south entrance, south view, 1875
Dhaka. Lalbagh Fort, 1885
Lalbagh Fort, 1885
Dhaka. Madrassa, 1904
Madrassa, 1904
Dhaka. Motijheel Area, 1960
Motijheel Area, 1960

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