South Gate Dhaka
The principal architectural feature of the Lalbagh fort is the South Gate (pl. 8.1&8.2), which, though incomplete, appeals for its grace and chaste beauty. It is a three—storied structure with a fronton, bordered with slender minarets. The top storeys are incomplete, hut the fronton below opens into a tour—centred archway, framed in stonework, under a brick half-dome bearing traces of plastered net— pattern. Of the three flanking stages on either side of the fronton, the lowest is a four-centred half-domed alcove with panel decoration, whilst the upper two are fronted by a four—sided oriel window in two stages, terminating in a half—dome. The window openings are framed by pillars supporting moulded brackets. On the inner elevation the two corners are crowned with small domed kiosks. The interior of the gate chamber in the lowest storey is domed with plaster net—pattern and other foliaged designs in the ceiling. The whole detail of the gate speaks of grace and beauty, which we find in most of the monuments at Dhaka erected at this time.