Bangladesh is definitely not short of architectural heritage sites, which is doubly remarkable when you consider how small this country is. This is the home of Mahasthangarh and the Shat Gombuj Masjid (Sixty Dome Mosque) as well as of the Mosque City of Bagerhat. Besides these archaeological treasures, there is also the famous Somapura Mahavihara, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country and a place that takes a good part of its fame from the fact that it is the second-biggest of all the Buddhist monasteries in the region.
This place was constructed around the 8th century, according to the archaeologists working on the site. It is credited to King Dharmapala, one of the members of one of the old Indian imperial powers, the Pala Dynasty. Over subsequent centuries, the place remained in the hands of the Pala rulers, until they vacated it [Read more…]