Saint Nicholas Church

Type: Church
Contributed By: Nayeem ,Jalal Ahmed,Abrar Razzak


In 1695, Saint Nicholas Church of Tolentino was constructed at Nagori, 25 kilometres northeast of Dhaka. In 1764, Portuguese missionaries built a church at Padrishibpur in Barisal district. Another Portuguese church was built at Hashnabad, 30 kilometers southwest of Dhaka, in 1777. In 1682, there were 14,120 Roman Catholics in the Bangladesh territory.

As the Bangladeshi Muslims have Arabic and Persian surnames, so do the Portuguese-converted Catholics have Portuguese surnames, such as Gomes, Rozario, DRozario, Cruze, DCruze, Dores, DSilva, DSouza, Costa, DCosta, Palma, Pinheiro, Pereira Rego, Ribeiro, Rodrigues, Serrao, Gonsalves, Corraya, etc. To recognize Catholics by names, the missionaries used to give one Christian name and one of their surnames to the newly baptized person. The later Catholic missionaries from France, USA, Canada, and Italy did not follow the Portuguese in naming the new Christians. They gave one Christian name but did not change the surname of the newly convert.

Presently, the Catholic Church has six dioceses Dhaka, Chittagong, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensngh, and Rajshahi with a Catholic population of about 221,000, more than 70 parish churches, 200 priests, 50 Brothers, 700 nuns, 1,000 catechists, and many educational, healthcare, and welfare institutions and organizations.

How to go

In 1695, the church of St. Nicholas of Tolentino was constructed at Nagori, 25 kilometres northeast of Dhaka.

How To Reach: Gazipur District

Dhaka-Tongi diversion road has connected Gazipur with Dhaka , and also Tongi – Kaligonj diversion road. There are 7 railway stations in the Gazipur district. They are: Rajendrapur, Sripur, Dhirasrom, Joydevpur, Tongi, satkhamair and Pubail.

Gazipur Town is connected through the City Bus. Pubail has city service Mohakhali to Narshingdi; called PPL(Pubail Paribahan Ltd.). And Dhaka to Kaligonj; this name is KTL, Adshy and other bus.

Ajmeree—Nondon Park – Sadarghat

1. Gulistan-Kaliakoir
2. Gulistan-Kapashia
3. Gulistan-Shripur,
4. Gulistan-Trimohony

Trans Silva—Jatrabari-Gazipur
Gazipur Paribahan ltd.–Dhaka-Gazipur
Dhaka Paribahan ltd.–Motijhiil-Gazipur
VIP 27.– Chowrasta -Azimpur
Balaka Paribahan.–Shibbari Bazar -Sodrorghat

There are available buses 24 hours a day. It is easy to go Gazipur from Dhaka.
Anik Bus & Winner bus
From Azimpur to Tongi, Hossain Market

Train is also available from Komlapur railway station dhaka to Gazipur. Gazipur is an industrial area of Bangladesh. There are 7 railway stations in the Gazipur district. From Mohakhali any bus to go Gazipur bus stand (you can use CNG or Taxi also).

Where to Stay

The hotel management is very good here. You can get different types of hotels here. If you want less priced hotel then you will get it & if you want good hotels then there is also no problem. Some of the hotels name is included here-

1. Happy Day Inn, Cell#01191004801-4
2. Nokkhottrobari Resort, Cell#5752573
3. Pushpadum Resort, Cell#0175002777
4. Rangamati Waterfront, Cell#01712817770 / 01811414074

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