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Mughal to Middle-east – 10 Multani Architecture

1) Multani Architecture

2) Multan is a Pakistani city located in the Punjab province, located on the banks of the Chenab River.

3) Multani architecture is dotted with a multitude of Sufi mysticism and dozens of shrines. The city was also a travellers hub as a passage from India to the rest of the middle-east.

4) It was also believed to have been conquered by Alexander the Great in 326 BCE but none of the current architecture reflects this.

5)Multani Architecture and its Location

6) Its location was ideal for travellers alike, as an easy access to modern-day India and the Western world, it provided at times sanction, battlegrounds and market trades.

7) Also, it was situated near a major river, included a walled city and once, a royal citadel. Sadly, this was lost due to being destroyed by the British, however, the remains are still prominent in the city.

10) It is now home to a multitude of caracombs of bazaars and alleyways, situated in its walled city. Large brick walls reinforced by wooden anchors, with inward sloping roofs.Funerary architecture is also reflected in the city’s residential quarters, which also display elements of Multani mausolea.

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Archtrove travels to Cholistan – desert rallies and mirages

Architecture in Cholistan

The Cholistan, or Rohi, Desert in Punjab, which adjoins the western part of the Thar Desert, is the largest desert on the Indian continent. The desert is over 10,000 square miles, located 20 miles from Bahawalpur. Once stood the Hakra River which has now dried up. 2.5 million Nomads live here herding and trading in camels. The Cholistan is changing, these days again, the desert is undergoing a process of profound change because of canal system originating from the River Sutlaj. But one can still find people living in houses made of mud and straw almost as they might have been living 200 years ago. Within the desert, it houses some of the most majestic and indulgent pieces of Architecture.

Most of these indulgent pieces of Architecture came from the Mughal period, ranging from the 18th century. Such example is the Derawar Fort, was built by the Rajputs in 9th century AD as a tribute to a king. In the 18th century, this was taken over by the Mughals, adding to the site and the style to make it more majestic. Despite its awe-inspiring allure, however, it seems on the verge of collapse due to the neglect of authorities. The Cholistan is mostly known by tourists as a beautiful desert for its rally, which starts at Derawar Fort.

 

 
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Majestic Mahals – 10 Reasons To Visit Bahawalpur

Architecture in Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur, is a city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. As it once was the home of many Nawabs, many stately homes are now left in its absence, mostly for government purposes, the most famous of this is Noor Mahal.

Noor Mahal

The Noor Mahal is a palace in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines, now it is co-owned by Sajid Ali Isar And Malik Farhan at a time when modernism had set in. It belonged to the Nawab of Bahawalpur princely state, during British Raj. Darbar Mahal will definitely take you back to the Ancient Mughalai Fort.

Cholistan Desert, Bahawalpur

The city also lies near the ancient Derawar Fort in the Cholistan Desert near the border with India, and serves as the gateway to Pakistan’s Lal Suhanra National Park. Visible from several miles in Cholistan desert, the majestic Derawar Fort is a sight not to miss. Another attraction is the replica of Moti Mosque in Delhi, called the Abbasi Mosque. You might want to go 73km out of Bahawalpur to visit this crumbling beauty: the Tomb of Bibi Jawindi in Uch Sharif. All the nawabs of Bahawalpur are buried in this royal graveyard in Cholistan desert. For more on Cholistan, click here

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Lahore, the Paris of Punjab – 10 Reasons To Travel To Lahore

Architecture in Lahore

Lahore is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab is the Paris of the East. It is the second-most populous city in Pakistan after Karachi. The Architecture reflects the history, from its Mughal Dynasty to its Sikh Empire. Also, the era of the British Raj, a mixture of Victorian and Islamic architecture often referred to as Indo-Gothic.

What does Architecture Represent

In addition, there are newer buildings which are very modern in their design. An interesting point about Lahore’s architecture has always been about making a statement as much as anything else. The art of the city have always been popular worldwide and thus it lures tourists from all over the world.

Symbolism in the City

The old city houses a number of Lahore architecture, which has a strong influence of the Mughal style most of the buildings of Lahore carry Muslim heritage, there are a few structures, which have the influence of other religions such as Sikhism and Hinduism.

Ancient Walled City

Like all ancient cities, Lahore also has two faces, the old and the new. It is situated next to the river Ravi, which helped the city develop economically, demographically and culturally. Trade, food and communication, were all made possible due to the strategic location of the city. The old city is reminiscent of the past glory of Lahore and the new city gives a prospectus of its bright and prosperous future. Lahore architecture also includes the thirteen gates, through which one can enter the city from various directions. Some of the gates are known as Raushnai Gate, Masti Gate, Yakki Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Khizri Gate, Shah Burj Gate, Akbari Gate and Lahori Gate.

Some of the other significant buildings are Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort. An atypical style of all the major buildings was that they were surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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Pretty Pakistan – The Ultimate Guide

Architecture in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country abundant with natural beauty and stunning historical architecture but plagued with corrupt politics. Its architecture has been inflicted by its difficulties through its various time periods and rulings. Its styles range from Mughal to Modern, from British to Greek. Its building range from government buildings to mausoleums and mosques with Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, and Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum, Karachi some of the most famous.

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