The Panam City-A place of glorious past of Bangladesh with great archaeological housing structures of 19th century

The Panam City (Bengali: পানাম সিটি)-A place of glorious past of Bangladesh with great archaeological housing structures of 19th century

Location: Sonargaon, Narayanganj, Bangladesh (around 40 kilometers off the capital, Dhaka.)

How to go to the Panam city: From Gulisthan, Dhaka to Sonargaon, Narayanganj

Brief history:
Sonargaon, the city of gold, was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. It was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. The city was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolò de’ Conti and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It served as the capital of Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Isa Khan and the Baro-Bhuyan Confederacy.

Panam ancient Painam, a locality now in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj district, about 2.5 kilometer to the north of Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Mograpara point.

Panamnagar, a unique township, stretched in a single street 5 meter wide on the average and 600 meter in length. All the buildings have the character of urban street front houses and are lined up on either side of this street which ends up at the Panam bazar. Fifty-two houses exist in dilapidated and disused condition having 31 in the north side of the street and 21 on the south. Panamnagar appears to be well protected by artificial canals all around. Two fairly wide canals run parallel to the street on its either side and joined by a narrow canal on the western side over which is the entrance bridge (Panamnagar Bridge). On the eastern side, the canal on the south swerves rightward and goes eastward crossing the north-south road that passes through the Panam bazar. The northern canal, the Pankhiraj Khal, runs eastward to meet the Meghna-Menikhali stream.

Monuments and structures of Panam, built blending the Indo-European architectural styles, reflect the socio-economic condition and lifestyle of merchants and the elite class in the British colonial period. The city was established as a trading center of cotton fabrics during British rule. Hindu cloth merchants built their residential houses following colonial style with inspiration derived from European sources.

The New York-based World Monument Fund in 2006 included Panam Nagar in its World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. At present this area is protected under the department of archeology of Bangladesh.

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The Panam City-A place of glorious past of Bangladesh with great archaeological housing structures of 19th century
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