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Once a French business hub

According to Banglapaedia, Farashganj developed around the French market established in 1780 with permission from Naib Nazim Nawab Nawajish Mohammad Khan. The French settlement started with seizure of English Factory in 1750.

Farashganj thrived as the French merchants established wholesale trading posts for spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic and chili.

Dr Sharif Uddin Ahmed, professor, Department of History, Dhaka University, said that French East India Company established market in the 18th century in the area.

"Its name was Frenchganj. Gradually it became Farashganj. In 1834, the British took over the area but the name lived stating the early French connection of Dhaka," he said.

Apart from being the French area of the city it is distinguished for a number of old and historic buildings like Ruplal House, Bibi ka Rauza, the Farashganj Nil kuthi etc.

"Farashganj is a rich part of the colonial architecture of the city," said a professional heritage photographer.

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