Ahsan Manzil: The construction of this palace was started in the year 1859 and was completed in 1869 some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Ahsan Manzil is the most beautiful monument built by the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. To preserve the cultural and history of the area, the palace became the Bangladesh National Museum on 20 September 1992. Built on a one-meter (three feet) raised platform, the two-storied Ahsan Manzil has a length of 125 meters (410 feet) and a width of 29 meters (95 feet). The porticos, rooms, and spacious stairways are covered with marble, and the lotus-shaped dome of the Ahsan Manzil is approximately 27 meters (88.5 feet) above the ground. The visitors experience the Ahsan Manzil as if suspended when viewed from across the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka.
Inside Structure of Ahsan Manzil: It is one of the most significant architectural monuments in Bangladesh. The high octagonal dome is placed on the central round room. There is a large drawing room, card room, library, state room and two other guest rooms are located on the east side of the palace. The ballroom, the Hindustani room and few residential rooms are situated on the western side. A beautiful vaulted artificial ceiling, made of wood, There are attractive wooden stairs in the room that is attached to the north of the domed room. The balusters were ornamented with vine leaves made of iron along the railing of the stairs. The wooden ceiling of the room, decorated with geometric designs, is very elegant. The verandas and rooms are covered with marble. The doorways are placed within semicircular arches. The inner doors had multi-colored glasses. Wooden beams supported the roof of these rooms. The architecture and the decoration is one of a kind in whole Bangladesh. The construction of the famous dome of the Ahsan Mazil, which is at the center of the palace, took a lot tedious planning. The square room on the ground floor was built with a round shape and brickworks were done around the corners. To give the room an octagonal shape, squinches were given around the roof corners. This place was also damaged during the earthquake of 1897 but Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah repaired the whole place again. The palace Ahsan Manzil is divided into two parts the eastern side and the western side. The eastern building with the dome is called the Rangmahal and the western side with the living rooms is called Andarmahal.
Location of Ahsan Manzil: Ahsan Manzil is Kumartoli, Shakara Waiz Ghat Bazar Old Dhaka. And ‘Sutrapur Thana under Dhaka City Corporation. Ahsan Manzil palace was the residence of the Nawabs but is now a museum. An influential family in the old Dhaka Nawabs lived for many years. They built a magnificent building, a living wage. Ahsan Manzil is one of them. Ahsan Manzil has now been converted into a museum and a popular tourist attraction of old Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Posted By: ABC Task