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Dhaka: Christian Cemetery, Wari


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Saturday, 17th April 2010

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Main Gate, Entrance of the grave


As a part of my Old Dhaka(Puran Dhaka) expedition, I went at the Dhaka Christian Cemetery at Old Dhaka. I don't know exactly how old this cemetery is. But I've found several grave inside the cemetery which are around 200-300 years of old.

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The exact location of the Cemetery is at Wari. This is just beside the "Salahuddin Specialized Hospital, Wari". Also its just one minute walking distance from "Baldha Garden". This place is not publicly available for visit. Only you have relatives are buried inside the cemetery, you are allowed to enter.

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An Old fashioned grave


We don't have anyone there, so at first they didn't show any interest to enter the cemetery. But after our humbled request, and our interest about cemetery they have allowed us to enter the cemetery. If they guy didn't allow us to enter, we had nothing to do except leave the place.

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Most of the graves from this part are older


I love cemetery. Every cemetery is a quiet place. When you'll enter the cemetery, you'll feel peace from your heart. Hundreds of our beloved people are buried here. I always try to read the notes that are written at grave. People wrote the words from their heart. Also you'll feel mournful when you'll find a grave where a son wrote about his mother(lets say at 1867), but later just beside the grave you'll find another grave where the son itself sleeping since his death. Its an exonerable fate, you can't avoid it. Everyone will die someday.

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Notes on paper, made from marble stone. And the dead leaves from the deciduous tress made the place is more enchanting.


If you notice the Cemetery, you can easily distinguish two different types of architecture of the graves. One part is older one, the holy cross or the pillar beside the grave has baroque style, just like the Greek or roman style. These are older graves, around 200-300 years of old. Other part of the graves are newly build. Most of those are looks like our modern building structure. No fancy design or something like that. Only plain white painted.

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Older part of the grave


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Newly built graves


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Greek style pillar over grave


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Another Greek style pillar


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This is a grave of Elizabeth, the wife of Marcar David. She was only 29 years of old when she died. It was 18th November 1878. Now she has no body here who can give some flower at her grave


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I don't know what its called, may be some holy object


So if you ever get a chance to visit the place, don't miss it.



Read about the old ruins of the Cemetery from the link http://icwow.blogspot.com/2010/04/dhaka-east-india-company-chiefs-tomb-at.html

3 comments:

  1. This is one of my most favorite places in Dhaka. I'm glad that there's someone out there who's intrigued by this very place as much as I am!

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  2. I had been to this cemetery twice. The first time I went during my visit to Baldah Garden opposite to the cemetery. My second visit was at the time one of my collegiate Mr. Jack D' Cruze 's funeral who was laid to rest here in peace. I remember his one word he expressed his wish to be laid here no matter wherever he lives. It is very surprising that God has fulfilled his last wishes. He was about to fly for States after a long weekend here with his family but his last breath was the day his scheduled to fly. Finally he has been laid to rest in this cemetery for ever. May Allah bless him in a heavenly place.

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  3. Such beauty in your compassion and words. Thank you for sharing your thoughts to those of us who needed to read such an amazing insight from such a beautiful soul.

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