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The 10 most beautiful sights you should see in Pakistan

For centuries before independence, Pakistan was ruled by various rulers, from the nature-loving Mughal emperors to the British colonial rulers. Such a complex and fascinating history has left numerous military and religious landmarks scattered across the country, where impressive mosques, forts, mausoleums and national monuments stand to this day. Discover some of Pakistan's best sights with our guide to the most impressive examples of historic architecture.

Shalimar Gardens | © Farrukh / Flickr

Shalimar Gardens

Shalimar Gardens was completed in 1641 and was owned by a noble Pakistani family who, given the grandeur of this beautiful place, was hard to guess. The gardens are laid out on three descending, successive terraces on which the poetic names Admirers of joy , Keeper of goodness and Admirer of life stand five meters above the other. Despite the gorgeous flowers and lush fruit trees, the flora isn't the best attraction of these gardens as the misleading name suggests. Indeed, the large pools in the center of the terraces that receive water from hundreds of fountains (410 in total on the three terraces) are noteworthy. The curious pavilions, portico halls and marble pools at the edges of the pools complete a peaceful, dreamy and refreshing corner in the city of Lahore.

Shalimar Gardens, GT Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

Faisal Mosque | © _rh / Flickr

Faisal mosque

When the design of the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay for the Faisal Mosque was selected, many raised eyebrows. The project differed from the traditional mosque architecture in that it featured modern, clean lines and, most importantly, a dome. Construction began in 1976 and was eventually completed ten years later. By then, most of the criticism had crumbled in front of the imposing, fascinating building that now dominates the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, from its elevated position at the foot of the Margalla Hills. The mosque is named after Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz, the Saudi king who proposed the idea of ​​a national Pakistani mosque and largely financed its construction. The 5,000 square meter prayer hall is an eight-sided concrete structure that is inspired by traditional Bedouin tents and offers space for 100,000 worshipers. It is surrounded by four 88 meter high minarets in perfect one-to-one relationship with the base. They were designed as the sides of an imaginary cube in honor of the sacred Cuban Kaaba found in the center of Mecca’s main mosque.

Faisal Mosque, Faisal Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan Monument | © Muzaffar Bukhari / Flickr

Pakistan Monument

The Pakistan Monument was inaugurated on March 23, 2007 in Islamabad as a national monument with the history of the country and is rich in significant cultural references. Architect Arif Masood was inspired by the figure of a blooming flower to represent the four provinces and three territories that Pakistan is divided into. The structure consists of four larger "petals" (the provinces), alternating with three smaller ones (the territories), built in granite and decorated with murals on the inside. Viewed from above, the monument is reminiscent of the five-pointed star of the Pakistani national flag. Under the petals there is a metallic crescent moon, which is provided with verse by the Pakistani founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Indian poet Muhammad Iqbal.

Shakar Parian National Park, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah | © Benny Lin / Flickr

Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Mazar-e-Quaid)

Widely revered as Great leader or Father of the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a key figure in leading the country towards independence from the British Empire across Pakistan. A beautiful mausoleum in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and Jinnah's hometown, celebrates his memory and houses his grave, as well as that of his sister and Pakistan's first prime minister. The bold design of the mausoleum impresses with its striking but iconic simplicity: an almost cubic base spanning 75 square meters, crowned by a large dome, both of which are clad in glorious white marble. The Holy of Holies can be entered at any of the four entrances, one on each wall and each under a striking Moorish arch. Jinnah's tomb is on a raised platform in the middle of the stunning surrounding park, with lovely moans and a set of 15 consecutive fountains that draw the view of the mausoleum.

Mazar-e-Quaid, Jacob Lines, Karachi, Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan | © Irfan0552007 / WikiCommons

Minar-e-Pakistan

On March 23, 1940, the All-India Muslim League passed a resolution that was the decisive step in establishing Pakistan. Twenty years later, on the site in Lahore where this historic event took place, construction began on a memorial monument, Minar-e-Pakistan, which was completed eight years later. The Minar-e-Pakistan is a 62 meter high minaret, rich in symbols that represent the history of Pakistan. The tower rests on a raised base in the shape of a five-pointed star made up of four platforms. The stones used to build each platform are gradually refined from the ground up (ranging from uncut stones to polished white marble) to signal the difficult developments but ultimate success of Pakistan's independence movement. Like the Islamabads Pakistan Monument, the lower part of this landmark is built in the form of a blooming flower from which the tower rises as a symbol of the birth of the country. Minar-e-Pakistan is located in a large park that is very popular with the Lahorites and is visible with the whole city from the top dome of the minaret.

Minar-e-Pakistan, Circular Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

Wazir Khan Mosque | © Uswan Ahmed / Flickr

Wazir Khan Mosque

The Walled City of Lahore or Old Lahore is a historical and chaotic section of the Pakistani city that used to be by walls, and entered through 13 gates. Today the walls are gone, but most of the gates remain. The Wazir Khan Mosque in Old Lahore can be reached through the Delhi Gate. The magnificent mosque, with four minarets of 33 meters each and five beet-shaped domes, is built entirely with small bricks and was named after the governor who had it built in 1634. One of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan is best known for its incredible mosaics made from myriads of colorful tiles. These can be found all over the exterior and interior walls and are so meticulous and detailed that they make Wazir Khan a stunning work of art alongside a religious site. This mosque is also famous for being the first to include a 22-shop bazaar in its original plan, which is still unique in the world to this day.

Wazir Khan Mosque, Brass Bazaar, Walled City, Lahore, Pakistan

Derawar Fort | © Khalid Mir / Flickr

Derawar gone

A visit to Derawar Fort requires a three- to four-hour trip in a four-wheel drive vehicle, but those with a weakness for military structures will not regret the trip. In the middle of nowhere, miles away in the Cholistan Desert, the Derawar Fort, built in 1733, dominates the landscape and is characterized by a unique ensemble of 40 massive, largely intact bastions along the four walls. The ramparts rise about 30 meters above the ground and the fortress is an impressive 1.5 kilometers in circumference. Visiting the interiors of the fort requires special permission from the local authorities and may not be worth the effort to go through such a process: the imposing bastions are indeed the real attraction of this striking landmark. On site, however, visitors can also admire the nearby mosque, an almost exact replica of the Moti Mosque right in front of the Red Fort of Delhi.

Derawar Fort, Derawar Fort Road, Derawar Fort, Pakistan

Hiran Minar | © QadeemMusualman / Wikicommons

Hiran Minar

When a loved one dies, what people usually do to keep their memories alive is pictures and maybe a few objects to remember. In 1606, when Grand Mogul Jahangir's big game deer died, he had a minaret built to commemorate it. The Hiran Minar (Deer Tower) is located in the Pakistani city of Sheikhupura, which briefly enjoyed the status of a popular hunting ground in the early 17th century. One day, during a hunting session, Jahangir spotted a deer that he wanted to kill, but instead met his favorite hunting stag, Mansraji. Feeling guilty, the emperor ordered the construction of the minaret. Almost thirty years later, the mausoleum was enriched with an adjacent, large water tank; In the middle of the tank is a picturesque octagonal pavilion, which is connected to the mainland by an elevated corridor. A rare celebration of man's love for animals, the Hiran Minar is an attractive sight that certainly deserves to be seen.

Hiran Minar, Sheikhupura, Pakistan

Lahore Fort | © Ahmed Sajjad Zaid / Flickr

Lahore Fort

The origins of the Lahore Fort, a stronghold in Old Lahore, are so ancient that it is impossible to determine exactly when the fort was built. It is known, however, that in the second half of the 16th century the original adobe building was demolished and rebuilt with fired bricks. Since that time, this fortified citadel has seen numerous other changes at the hands of almost all of the rulers who ruled Lahore, including the British colonialists. The result is a round-up of Pakistan's amazing cultural heritage in terms of the various artistic influences found in the various buildings: mosques, mausoleums, palaces, audience halls, baths, watchtowers and much more. A trip through Lahore Fort is indeed a journey through Pakistan's past and for this reason is recommended for anyone visiting the country.

Lahore Fort, Fort Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque | © lukexmartin / Flickr

Badshahi mosque

The majestic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is one of the most beautiful holy sites for Muslims. This mosque was built in 1673 and was the largest in the world for over 300 years until the Faisal Mosque was completed in 1986. Its huge courtyard, which covers an area of ​​26,000 square feet, is the largest in the world and can accommodate up to 95,000 people worshipers. The outer walls of the mosque are clad with red sandstone slabs, carefully designed with beautiful, clay-like motifs and decorated with marble inlays. According to tradition, the mosque has four minarets and three domes, the middle one larger than the others. These are covered with white marble, which forms a striking contrast to the dominant red. Travelers welcomed into the mosque through a large entrance gate will find that the interior of the building is no less breathtaking, with an abundance of arches, plasterwork, and frescoes that keep amazed.

Badshahi Mosque, Walled City, Lahore, Pakistan


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