NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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Dhaka, the capital of independent Bangladesh, since 1971 has a historical background of nearly 400 years which is expressed and traversed as a symbol of power, dignity and artistry. In this research the authors selected a unique historical and architectural monument of old Dhaka, named "Bara Katra". This historical artifact bears testimony to the style and design of Mughal architecture in Bengal that served the purpose of Caravan sarai. It is undoubtedly a magnificent edifice of grand scale and one of the most important historic remains playing an important role in representing the cultural heritage or glorious past of Bengal. Currently this structure is in poor condition and hidden within a dense settlement. In the light of the above situation, it has been felt that a conservation management plan (CMP) for Bara Katra is essential to make it sustainable. This study concentrates on the accomplishment of proposing the conservation management plan for such an outstanding historical heritage building. The overall research is focused on demonstrating possible directions of conservation strategies with degrees of intervention and action plans to integrate the artifact within the urban fabric by creating proper access and visual exposure. Therefore, the authors propose Conservation strategies that include degrees of intervention and action plans for the management of this historic building. These proposals are based on authentic documents and other historic evidence to prolong the life of the cultural heritage artifact symbolizing a belief system and historic values.

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