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7 reasons why we love Saat Masjid Road

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Saat Masjid Road is always evolving! If you journey merely 3 years back and compare the road to what it is today, you will find a myriad range of changes: new eateries, clothing stores, and many such additions. And yet, old edifices have survived the evolution, albeit that they are standing awkwardly amidst modern life. From the Mughal legacies to burger joints, here are 7 reasons why we love Saat Masjid Road!

The Saat Gambuj Masjid of Saat Masjid Road

Although it would be a slight detour from the main road, the connection of Saat Gambuj Masjid (literally meaning 'seven-domed mosque') with Saat Masjid Road is unavoidable: it is named after the mosque.

This mesmerising Mughal monument was built during Subahdar Shaista Khan's era; in about 1680. The mosque has three main domes; add to that four more on the four corners and you have the seven-domed mosque. 

Once upon a time, the Buriganga River used to flow by it! Today, the mosque premises are surrounded by modern buildings, and one will find it hard to imagine the serenity of the place with the beautiful mosque and the neighbouring river.

Just a stone's throw away is an unknown tomb from olden times. Many think that this tomb might belong to one of Shaista Khan's daughters.

Photo: Toukir Ahmed Tanvee

An old Eidgah  

Constructed in 1640, (during Subahdar Shah Shuja's era), you have passed this Mughal Eidgah (a site for Eid congregational prayers) plenty of times. The next time, why don't you stop for ten minutes and visit the place? The serene green field - bounded by beautiful decorative walls - is where time stops at the busy Saat Masjid Road.

Burgers!

The road has an astounding number of eateries, more than fifty for sure!  There are tall buildings in Saat Masjid Road that are more or less entirely occupied by restaurants; many more are in smaller 1 to 3-storied buildings; there is the food court in Shimanto Square; there is street food. Together, a mammoth 'army' of eateries provides a wide plethora of choices.

And let's not forget that this road is home to almost all the legendary burger joints in town: Madchef, Takeout, American Burger, Burger King. Call it 'Burger Street'!

Being Bengali 

Chhayanaut in Saat Masjid Road is a cultural hub. From its courses to the performances, Chhayanaut adds to the vivacity - and versatility - of the road. The centre provides depth and maturity to the Saat Masjid Road scene, with its songs and dances celebrating our culture. 

For the love of the game

There are not many playgrounds in Dhaka, much to our dismay.  One such rarity is the Abahani playground in Saat Masjid Road, giving the youth a rare opportunity for playing and exploring their passion for sports. 

A stroll by the lake

Dhaka was once known as 'Venice of the East'. There were several lakes and canals, many of which are now extinct.

Dhanmondi Lake, which comprises of a good chunk of Dhanmondi, provides the much-needed refreshment for the area's residents. There is a part of the lake beside Saat Masjid Road as well, which remains a favourite hangout spot for the youth.

Shopping

There are a number of fashion houses in Saat Masjid Road. And there is Anam Rangs Plaza. And on one end stands Shimanto Square, which by its own right is a landmark. All these make Saat Masjid Road quite a popular shopping hub.

Will it be incorrect to say that Saat Masjid Road is the best street in Dhaka for an evening out with friends? Just look at the diversity of the things you can do! Whether you are a sports fan, a history buff, an avid shopper, or a glutton, Saat Masjid Road will not let you down.

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