Wednesday, 25 August 2010

National Martyrs' Memorial


Jatiyo Sriti Soudho or National Martyrs' Memorial is a monument in Bangladesh. It is the symbol of the velour and the sacrifice of those killed in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which brought the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistani rule. The monument is located in Savar, about 35km north-west of the capital, Dhaka.
The monument is composed of 7 isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest. The highest point of the monument is 150 feet. There is an artificial lake, and several mass graves in front of the main monument.
Following evaluation of the 57 submissions, Syed Mainul Hossain's design was chosen. The main structure and the artificial lake and other facilities were completed in 1982. The whole complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares.
The project was constructed in three phases. The first one, began in 1972. During the second phase, 1974 - 1982, Tk 3.77 crores were spent in order to build the mass-graves, helipad, parking space, pavements etc. In the third phase, in 1982, the main structure was built and its cost Tk 848.65 lacs. The Public Works Department of the Government of Bangladesh supervised the construction.

Architect: Syed Mainul Hossain
Construction supervisor: Md Shahidul Amin & M Zakiul Islam
Cost: 4.878 crores.
Date: 1972-1982
Location: Savar, Dhaka.
Type: Martyrs' Memorial

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