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Sylhet District


Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867
Country Bangladesh
DivisionSylhet Division
 • Total3,452.07 km2 (1,332.85 sq mi)
 • Total3,957,000[1]
Literacy rate
 • Total66%
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
Postal code

Sylhet (Bengali: সিলেট, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠐ), located in north-east Bangladesh, is one of the four districts in the Sylhet Division.


Sylhet district was established on 3 January 1782, and until 1878 it was part of Bengal province. In that year, Sylhet was included in the newly created Assam Province, and it remained as part of Assam up to 1947 (except during the brief break-up of Bengal province in 1905–11). In 1947, Sylhet became a part of East Pakistan as a result of a referendum (except the sub-division of Karimganj) as part of Chittagong Division.[3] It was subdivided into four districts in 1983-84. It was converted into a Division in 1995.[3]

Madhobkundo falls in Sylhet district


Sylhet is the chief town of the division, where the division headquarters as well as Sylhet district headquarters are located. Its most famous natural touristic spot is Jaflong and it is also home to the grave of the Muslim saint, Shah Jalal Yamani, located in Sylhet town.



Sylhet District is divided into thirteen sub-districts or Upazilas.

They are:[3]


Shahi Eidgah in Sylhet is one of the oldest and largest Eidgahs in Bangladesh and a popular tourist spot

The district of Sylhet has 6,754 mosques, 453 temples, 96 churches and four Buddhist temples.[citation needed]

Notable people

See also


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  2. ^ Bangladesh at GeoHive Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c Ashfaq Hossain (2012). "Sylhet District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.