Monday, February 11, 2013

Bangladesh: Dhaka Christian Cemetery


The Dhaka Christian Cemetery is one verdant spot in the busy chaotic urban Dhaka. It is surrounded by tall fence and and equally tall gate. The gate is always closed, so knock if you need to get in. The caretaker and his family would open the gate and inquire about your business. Usually they know everyone who comes to visit their departed loved ones.

What sets the cemetery apart from others I've visited is that the architecture of the headstones/graves. Not only are they interesting, they are also quite old. In this latest visit I spotted one that belonged to a bigwig in the old days, with a title.

Unfortunately 4 years separates my two visits and I have not seen any improvement in the graves; neither is there more decay, at least I didn't notice. I just wish that the government would understand the historical importance of this cemetery and would put enough resources (if there is any available) to the upkeep of the cemetery.

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More about the cemetery here and here.


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23 comments:

Gary said...

Very impressive even in its state of decay. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

That's a beautiful cemetery. It has aged in such pleasing ways.

Sylvia K said...

It is beautiful and such a sense of history! Terrific captures!!

Martha Z said...

Nature appears to be retaking this old cemetery. It will be a shame if it falls to ruin.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

How beautiful these crumbling buildings look and how wonderful the light streaming through the upper archways. But I can see they are also vulnerable to the elements and soon could dissolve into dust.

Fun60 said...

There is a certain kind of beauty surrounding the gravestones which you have captured.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful cemetary! And I love all the greenery around. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing!

LifeRamblings said...

beautiful gravestones but it makes me sad to see a cemetery in such a state.

Kusum Sanu said...

Lovely ruin!

Pietro said...

Your wonderful images well describe that interesting cemetery in the green.
Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Indrani Ghose said...

Great captures of the cemetery.

ladyfi said...

How very lovely!

Luna Miranda said...

i love visiting cemeteries, especially the old ones. is that gate in the first and 2nd photos? it looks like a church's campanario. love the grasses, mosses growing on it, the greens are beautiful, too. great find!

Ginnie said...

Suddenly I thought about seeing a movie taken from that spot...kinda like Raiders of the Lost Tomb! Wouldn't that be something. There is so much mood and character there.

Jill Harrison said...

what a wonderful place. It looks peaceful. I like the way the plants are growing amongst the graves.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

All that weed and plants make the cemetery look so verdant. Feels like stumbling into some unknown ruins.

But indeed some upkeep need to be done - who knows someone might even step on a snake while there?

Sreisaat said...

Looks like the plants and weeds are taking over the cemetery. I am, for some reason, scared of cemeteries :(

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Ebie said...

The greenery is so "fresh" that it does not even look like a cemetery, without considering the crosses.

The ruins made it really look so ancient, love it!

NatureFootstep said...

to be a cemetery it is very beautiful. And looks pieceful. Worth saving.

atticus said...

love the way you captured the site.
i love reading headstones. tells you a lot about the character of the one who left.

Heart of Rachel said...

Great shots! I admire how you captured the beauty of those old buildings in the cemetery. I hope that they can be preserved.

EG CameraGirl said...

This would be a great place to visit!

JM said...

What a sight! Stunning place, love the decayed architecture.