National Martyrs' Memorial

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National Martyrs' Memorial
জাতীয় স্মৃতিসৌধ
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General information
TypePublic monument
LocationSavar, Bangladesh
Coordinates23°54′40.4″N 90°15′17.4″E / 23.911222°N 90.254833°E / 23.911222; 90.254833Coordinates: 23°54′40.4″N 90°15′17.4″E / 23.911222°N 90.254833°E / 23.911222; 90.254833
Construction started1978
Roof150 feet (46 m)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Syed Mainul Hossain
Main contractorConcord Group

The National Martyrs' Memorial (Bengali: জাতীয় স্মৃতিসৌধ Jatiyo Sriti Soudho) is the national monument of Bangladesh, built to honour and remember those who died during the War of Liberation and Genocide in 1971, which resulted in Bangladesh's independence. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of the capital, Dhaka.[1] It was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain and built by Concord Group.[2][3]


Syed Mainul Hossain by his own design National Martyrs' Memorial Jatiyo Sriti Soudho

Plans for the monument were initiated in 1976. Following the site selection, road and land development, a nationwide design competition was held in June 1978. 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. It was Inaugurated at 16 December 1982.[3]


The architecture is composed of seven pairs of triangular-shaped walls or prisms; the outermost pair being the shortest in height but widest in span, the inner pairs gradually change their aspect ratio and the innermost pair thus forms the peak point of the architecture.[4] Each of these seven pairs of walls represents a significant chapter in the history of Bangladesh, namely the Language Movement in 1952, the 1954 provincial election victory of the United Front in 1954, the Constitution Movement in 1956, the 1962 East Pakistan Education movement, the Six point movement in 1966, the Mass Uprising in 1969, and finally the climactic event of the Liberation War in 1971, through which Bangladesh became a separate independent sovereign state.[3]


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  1. ^ Amin, Md Shahidul; Islam, M Zakiul (2012). "National Martyrs' Memorial". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "Explained: What is the significance of the places on PM Modi's Bangladesh itinerary?". The Indian Express. 20 March 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "The rising spirit". The Daily Star. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ "A monument of Bangladesh and the world". The Daily Star. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2021.

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