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Things to Do in Karachi Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam

Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum is a prominent and impressive landmark of Karachi that was designed by architect Yahya Merchant and completed in 1970.

Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam – The Essence and Pride of Karachi

The interior of the Mausoleum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the Peoples Republic of China and there is a large park surrounding the mausoleum. The Mazar-e-Quaid was built in honour of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, an Indian-Muslim politician and the leader of the “All India Muslim League” who went on to found Pakistan and served as its first Governor General.

The Pakistani people lovingly refer to him as “Quaid-e-Azam” (Great Leader). In the 1940’s, Jinnah suffered from tuberculosis which, along with lung cancer, led to his death on September 11, 1948.  This masterpiece of white marble was completed in the 1960’s and is located in the center of the city atop of a small hill surrounded by well-pruned & lush gardens. It’s a very calm and tranquil place amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy city.  Graves of 5 other prominent leaders of that period are also located near the mausoleum, including, the “Quaid-e-Millat”, Liaqat Ali Khan,  the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and his wife and great woman leader BegumRa’anaLiaquat Ali Khan, Quaid`s sister Miss Fatima Jinnah, SardarAbdur Rab Nishtar and Mr. NoorulAmeen.

The Mazar is surrounded by trees and a garden laden in Islamic art, with fountains surrounding it. Shoes must be removed prior to ascending to the top  where the tomb is located inside the Mazar. The actual grave is several meters below the marble tomb. About every 20 minutes, there is a ceremonial position shift of the honor guard and every four hours , a changing of the guard. This is a must see if you are into military formalities. Mazar-e-quaid is located in the middle of the city and boasts beautiful architecture. It is a must-see during your visit.

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Mazar-e-Quaid (Urdu: مزار قائد‬‎), also known as the Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam ("Great Leader") Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Designed in a 1960s modernist style, the mausoleum also contains the tomb of his sister, Māder-e Millat ("Mother of the Nation") Fatima Jinnah, and that of Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The mausoleum was completed in 1970, and is an iconic symbol of Karachi. The mausoleum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karachi.[1]

Location[edit]

The mausoleum is located in the Jamshed Quarters neighborhood of Karachi, along the northern edge of the colonial-era core. The mausoleum is surrounded by a large garden which offers a calm and tranquil environment in the large and bustling metropolis. The illuminated tomb can be seen at night from far distances.

Architecture[edit]

The Mausoleum building was designed by famous architect Yahya Merchant.[2] It is made of white marble with curved Moorish arches and copper grills reset on an elevated 54-square-meter platform.[3] The mausoleum is located in a 53-hectare park and the building has a footprint of 75 by 75 m (246 by 246 ft) with a height of 43 m (141 ft), built on a 4 m (13 ft) high platform. In each wall is placed an entrance. Fifteen successive fountains lead to the platform from one side and from all sides terraced avenues lead to the gates. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the People's Republic of China.[4] Around the mausoleum is a park fitted with strong beamed spot-lights which at night project light on the white mausoleum.[5][6]

In the interior of the grave complex, there are three graves in a row and one to the north. The northern one, which is decorated with a series of black floral design at the base, belongs to Miss Fatima Jinnah, Quaid-e-Azam's sister. Out of the three graves, the northern one belongs to Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. The extreme southern grave belongs to Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. In the middle lies buried Nurul Amin, who rose to be the Vice-President of Pakistan. All these graves are made of Italian white marble, and they are of the box type, like the sarcophagus of Jinnah, placed on a triple base. But the sides of these graves are tapering inward while that of Jinnah are diverging outward. These are all plain graves, except that of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, which has a basal floral ornamentation.

Significance[edit]

Official and military ceremonies take place here on special occasions, such as on 23 March (Pakistan Day), 14 August (Independence Day), 11 September (the anniversary of Jinnah's death) and 25 December (Jinnah's birthday). Dignitaries and officials from foreign countries also visit the mausoleum during official tours. On 14 August 2017, Pakistan's Independence Day, it was used for paying a tribute to Jinnah through 3d projection mapping show by 3D illumination.[6]

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