view of city
Chittagong, city and port in southeastern Bangladesh, on the Karnaphuli River, near the Bay of Bengal.
boats on the Bay of Bengal
fish nets on the water front
The city is the commercial center for the surrounding agricultural region, which produces rice, jute, gunny (a coarse fabric), tea, and hides. The University of Chittagong (1966) is here. Chittagong became an important commercial center under the Portuguese in the 16th century. It became a possession of the English East India Company between 1760 and 1765. Originally a part of Arakan, it was claimed 60 years later by the emperor of Burma (now known as Myanmar) as a dependency of that territory. The claim was one of the causes of the First Burmese-British War in 1824.
High Court (English style)
Lawyers meeting clients
Chittagong was part of Pakistan from 1947 until 1971, when it became part of the new nation of Bangladesh. Population (1991) 1,364,000.
entrance to Qadam Mubarak Mosque (1719)
contains slab which bears the imprint of the Prophet's foot
Mazar of Sultan Bayazid Bostami
pond of turtles
(legend says evil spirits were turned into turtles over 1000 year ago)
feeding bread to turtles
World War II cemetery
a grave of an African solder fighting for the British Army
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