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Ahsan Manzil is the popular tourist spot in Dhaka. It is one of the most meaningful architectural heritage of Bangladesh. It was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. The construction of this palace was started in the year 1859 and was completed in 1869. Ahsan Manzil became the Bangladesh National Museum on 20 September 1992. It is situated in Old Dhaka on the bank of the river Buriganga. Today visitors to Bangladesh have the opportunity to see the beautifully restored and preserved Ahsan Manzil.

Ahsan Manzil -architectural monuments in Bangladesh.

Ahsan Manzil -architectural monuments in Bangladesh.

The palace has a colorful and varied history, starting off as a residence of Sheikh Enayetullah and going on to become a French trading centre before being bought from the French in 1830 by Nawab Khwaja Alimullah and converted into his residence. Basically, it was the residence of the Nawabs. Nawab Abdul Gani renovated this building in the year 1872 and named it after his son Khaza Ahasanullah. It has 31 rooms with a huge dome atop which can be seen from miles around. It now has 23 galleries in 31 rooms displaying of traits, furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawab.

Visiting Hours of Ahsan Manzil
April-September: Sat-Wed: 10.30 am – 05.30 pm, Fri: 03.00 pm – 07.30 pm, Thu: Closed.
October-March: Sat-Wed: 09.30 am – 04.30 pm, Fri: 03.00 pm – 07.30 pm, Thu: Closed.
Entrance fee of Ahsan Manzil : For Locals: 5 TK, For Foreigners: 75 TK.

Ahsan Manzil is one of the most significant architectural monuments of Bangladesh. The building structure was established on a raised platform of 1 meter, the two-storied palace measures 125.4m by 28.75m. The pink palace was actually built by Nawab Sir Abdul Gani in 1872, and was reconstructed after the tornado of 1888. Now it has been established as a museum. 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.

With changes in the political climate the Dhaka Nawab State fell away and financial constraints made it impossible for the successors of the Nawabs to maintain the huge palace buildings. Fortunately, the government of Bangladesh recognized the architectural and historical value of Ahsan Manzil and in 1985 the building and its surroundings were purchased with the aim of a complete restoration.

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