Historic buildings in Pakistan that survived more than a century – Part I

Historic Buildings


Yumna Mahmood
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Pakistan has historic value, because of its origins are far into antiquity. It was ruled by Royal Kings and imperial powers prior to its birth, Cities specifically like Lahore covers thousands year, therefore have few of the most iconic buildings from centuries ago, let’s talk about some of those historical monuments of Pakistan.

Shalimar Gardens, Lahore Shalimar-garden

The Mughal Gardens of Shalimar belongs from royal family of Arain Mian Baghanpura. These gardens were constructed in 1641 A.D and divided brilliantly in three level of terraces from south to north, it has number of ancient structures like halls, resting places, pavilions, and sleeping chambers of Royal families, the garden is petrified with 410 fountains and bunch of trees which also add-up pleasant sight to its view.

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore

Badshahi mosque Lahore
This second largest mosque of Pakistan and fifth largest mosque of the world can accommodate 10 thousand worshipers inside it. Badshahi Mosque is a notable landmark and tourist attraction of Lahore established in 1671-1673 AD.

Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore

Wazir Khan Mosque belongs from the reign of mughal emperor Shah Jahan, beautified with the Kasha Kari work of Punjab, it took seven years to construct this mosque with extensive fancy tile work and Fresco Paintings.

ShahJahan Mosque, Thatta

This mosque was named after the Mughal King “ShahJahan” who built it in 1647, it has total 93 domes magnificently assembled with blue glazed tiles and red bricks, Shahjahan built-up this mosque as a gift for the hospitality of the people of Sindh.

ShahRukn-e-Alam Tomb, Multan

This Shrine of famed Sufi Saint of Multan Shahrukn-e-Alam was built in 1324 A.D, its impressive pentagon building depicts the pre-Mughal architectural style. Moreover, the entire structure of red bricks with shisham wood and glazed tile panels adds a charm for the tourists to visit this historic place.

Tomb and Mosque of Jalal ud Din Bukhari, Uch Sharif

Uch Sharif
The historic Jalal ud Din tomb was built with the floral patterns of blue art, although it was damaged by flood but later the Nawab of Bahawalpur rebuilt it in 1670 CE. Every year a festive event of Uch Sharif held from 10-12 Zilhaj there, which engage hundreds of people from nearby areas to visit this holy place.

Chaukhandi Tombs, Karachi

The typical Sind architectural style of north-south Orientation built tombs have great historical Islamic value, it is structured with either single grave or a group of up to eight graves which are sharply craved and embellished with geometrical designs and motifs.

Hiran Minar, SheikuPura:

Hiran Minar was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Pet Deer, it consists of a large square water tank, centered with octagonal Pavilion which is connected to the Minar by a causeway, this 30m elevated Minar is well-famed for its genius structure, location and environment, one can get a glimpse of patch of forests and irrigated fields of the Mughal period from its top.

Derawar Fort, Bahawalpur

The forty Bastions of Derawar fort which cover a large area of Cholistan desert were constructed in 1747 by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur, the walls of fort have a strong structure with circumference of 1500 meters and the height of 30 meters, Derawar is also called as the heart of Cholistan.

Shahi Qila, Lahore

The mesmerizing sight of Shahi Qila or Lahore Fort is located in the north-western corner of the Walled city of Lahore, this brilliant architecture was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar (1556-1605), however it was later upgraded by Mughal rulers; visitors use its Alamgiri gate which also opens towards another historic sight of Badshahi Mosque.

Stay tuned for the second part to know more about the glorious Historic buildings of Pakistan, and leave your comments down below to share your views if you’ve visited any of these historical buildings so far.

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