The Shaheed Zia Smriti Complex in Chittagong
Located in Chittagong, the Shaheed Zia Smriti Complex features replicas of many of the cultural and historical treasures of Bangladesh, as well as information on the heritage and culture of the people who call this fascinating country home. Add to this the beautifully landscaped gardens featuring vegetation indigenous to the county, plus an amusement park complete with Ferris wheel, carousel, kiddies swing and paddle boats, and it is easy to see why the Shaheed Zia Smiriti Complex, often referred to as “Mini Bangladesh”, is one of Chittagong’s top attractions.
National monuments and noteworthy landmarks featured at the complex include a replica of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, surrounded by a large pool, with a sparkling fountain nearby. Considered to be an architectural masterpiece, Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban is located in Dhaka and serves as the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh. In addition to being home to all of the country’s parliamentary activity, the building, its surrounding lake and park-like gardens are a popular tourist attraction.
Visitors will be able to view replicas of Curzon Hall, Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manjil, Paharpur Monastery, Choto Sona Mosque, Gazipur’s Church of Saint Nicholas, Rajshahi’s Baro Khuiti, and the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar, as well as replicas of typical home of the various tribes of Bangladesh, many of whom are settled in the Chittagong Hills Tracts.
Lalbagh Fort is a 17th century Mughal palace fortress located in Dhaka and built under the direction of Prince Muhammad Azam at the time he was vice-royalty of Bengal. Also located in Dhaka, Curzon Hall was originally a project of the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, who planned to build a spectacular town hall for the city of Dhaka, but the partitioning of Bengal led to a change of plan and Curzon Hall became the home of Dhaka College in 1911. It is now part of the University of Dhaka, with its blend of Mughal and European design considered to be one of the city’s finest examples of historic architecture.
The National Martyr’s Memorial located at Savar stands as a memorial to the valor and sacrifice of all those who died in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The memorial is replicated at Chittagong’s Shaheed Zia Smriti Complex, as part of the park’s aim to provide a visual reminder of the heritage of Bangladesh, both for current and future generations.