The National Martyrs’ Memorial is located in Nabinagar of Savar, about 30 kilometers from Dhaka. The monument was built in memory of martyrs killed during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. It was initiated in 1979 and the construction of the whole design ended in 1982. The total area including the monument is about 44 hectares. Syed Mainul Hossain is the architect of this beautiful monument. The design of the monument was selected from around 57 designs collected through a nationwide competition.
In the main structure of the monument, there are seven triangular walls. These seven walls represent seven significant historical events of Bangladesh. Those events are- Language Movement in 1952, the provincial election victory of Jukta Front in 1954, the Constitution Movement in 1956, the movement against Education Commission in 1962, 6-point Movement in 1966, the Mass Uprising in 1969, and finally the Liberation War in 1971.
The height of the monument is 150 feet. It is mainly made of concrete. A number of tourists come to see the memorial every day to enjoy its phenomenal beauty. There are mass graves and an artificial water-body in the monument compound. The national flower of Bangladesh is displayed in the water. Not only during the day, but also in the moonlight and in its own artificial lighting, the monument reveals a magnificent architectural design.