Before independence, Pakistan was ruled by many different rulers. Such complicated and interesting history has left behind many landmarks across the country. Those still stand today as a living example of historic architecture.
Have a look at some of the best attractions of Pakistan:

Shalimar Gardens

The Shalimar Gardens is a Mughal garden complex in Lahore. Construction of the gardens began in 1637 C.E. during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan, and was completed in 1641.

Faisal Mosque

Faisal Mosque is the mosque in located Islamabad, Pakistan. Located on the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad, the mosque has a modern design containing eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent. The mosque is a significant tourist attraction, and is considered as a current and incredible masterpiece of Islamic architecture.

Pakistan Monument

The Pakistan Monument is a national monument and heritage museum located on the Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan, as a symbol of national unity. The monument is shaped as a blooming flower petal-shaped structure with the inner walls of the petals written with the outlines of Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Khyber Pass and Minar-e-Pakistan. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces (Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh), while the three smaller petals represent the three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Tribal Areas).

Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Mazar-eQuaid is the final resting place of QuaideAzam (“Great Leader”). Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Constructed in a 1960s modernist style. The mausoleum was completed in 1970, and is an iconic symbol of Karachi. The mausoleum is one of the major tourist destinations in Karachi.

Minar-e-Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan is a public monument located in Iqbal Park, adjacent to the Walled City of Lahore. The monument was constructed during the 1960s on the site where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution on 23 March, 1940 – the first official call for a separate and independent piece of land for the Muslims of British India, as adopted by the two-nation theory.

Wazir Khan Mosque

The Wazir Khan Mosque, dated back to the 17th century, is located in the city of Lahore. Construction of Wazir Khan Mosque began in 1634 C.E., and was completed in 1641. Wazir Khan Mosque is famous for its detailed faience tile work known as ‘kashi-kari, as well as its interior surfaces that are mostly decorated with Mughal-era frescoes.

Derawar Fort

Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Ahmadpur East Tehsil, Punjab, Pakistan. Located approximately 100 km south of the city of Bahawalpur, the forty bastions of Derawar can be seen from many miles in the Cholistan Desert. The walls have a perimeter of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high.

Hiran Minar

Dated back to the early 17th century, Hiran Minar or “The Deer Minaret” is an Mughal-era complex located in the town of Sheikhupura, Punjab.

The complex was built at the site of a game reserve in honour of Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s pet antelope. The Emperor is remembered for his love for nature, and his complex personifies the Mughal relationship between humans, pets, and hunting.

Lahore Fort

The Lahore Fort, or Shahi Qila, is a citadel in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. The fortress is located at the northern end of Lahore’s Walled City, and spreads over an area greater than 20 hectares. It contains 21 significant monuments, some of which dated back to the era of Emperor Akbar. The Lahore Fort contains significance for having been almost entirely reconstructed back in the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire was at the height of its magnificence and grandeur.

Badshahi Mosque

Dated back to the Mughal era, the Badshahi Mosque is located in Lahore. The mosque is located west of Lahore Fort along the outskirts of the city of Lahore. The mosque is widely considered to be one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks.

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