Pakistan Culture - The Grand Picture

How does Culture breathe through the fire and smoky haze of wars? How does Art live on against a backdrop of blood shed and misery when all else around it caves in? Why do grand monuments stand their ground when the very foundations grow shaky, towering over cities....mocking man and his foolish wars alike?


They do so because the spirit that infuses them is greater than any that sustains ordinary human form. It's ageless; the hands of time cannot contain it. In war torn countries, lofty towers and minarets lend the only sense of stability left there... their primal spirit undaunted still...enduring when everything else crumbles.


And so it is in Pakistan...a land of ancient memories, mughal heritage and rustic beauty.....standing tall in it's architectural grandeur against a dark and gloomy horizon. Despite the blood spilt on it's soil, one can still smell the land's richness, feel the warmth from it's red bricked buildings. The hardest of hearts melt at the life emanating from them; our own struggles shrink into nothingness before their majestic presence - those solitary keepers of peace.....silently looking on with their age-old wisdom, slave to neither man nor any religion.


View of the old city of Lahore, Pakistan.
View of the old city of Lahore, Pakistan.

Emperor's Mosque

'Badshahi Masjid' or Emperor's Mosque, Lahore, is the 5th largest mosque in the world. Was built in 1671 by the mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
'Badshahi Masjid' or Emperor's Mosque, Lahore, is the 5th largest mosque in the world. Was built in 1671 by the mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
Emperor's mosque lit at night.
Emperor's mosque lit at night.





It's undoubtedly, one of the finest and most awe inspiring wonders of Mughal era.....

Main Entrance to the Mosque
Main Entrance to the Mosque

Built with kiln bricks, it's red sandstone exterior has the most elaborate marble inlay work...mostly in floral patterns.





One of the hundreds of arches in the Mosque - so typical of Mughal architecture.
One of the hundreds of arches in the Mosque - so typical of Mughal architecture.
Despite my ordinary digital camera, you can still see the detailed patterns on the ceilings.
Despite my ordinary digital camera, you can still see the detailed patterns on the ceilings.
The original fortress - as old as 1025 - was destroyed but rebuilt around the city during mughal Akbar's reign, 1566.
The original fortress - as old as 1025 - was destroyed but rebuilt around the city during mughal Akbar's reign, 1566.

Lahore Fort

View of the Fort through one of it's huge doors.
View of the Fort through one of it's huge doors.
'Jharoka' or Royal Balcony
'Jharoka' or Royal Balcony
'Diwan-e-Khas' or Hall of Special Audience was added to the Fort by Shah Jahan.
'Diwan-e-Khas' or Hall of Special Audience was added to the Fort by Shah Jahan.


A Royal Balcony outside one of the halls of the Fort, whence the mughal emperor addressed his people and listened to their problems.










Also, situated within the grounds of the Fort, the Hall of Special Audience, was used for exclusive royal meetings.






Nauklaha Pavilion

This unusual marble monument was used by mughal ruler Shah Jahan as a summer house, and later became a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling during his stay in Lahore.
This unusual marble monument was used by mughal ruler Shah Jahan as a summer house, and later became a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling during his stay in Lahore.

Palace Of Mirrors

Built by mughal Shah Jehan, 1631.
Built by mughal Shah Jehan, 1631.
Elaborate mirror work inlaid in cream colored marble.
Elaborate mirror work inlaid in cream colored marble.
One of the walls of the bedroom.
One of the walls of the bedroom.



The famous 'Sheesh Mahal' or Palace of Mirrors was used by the King and his family for their personal use. Can you imagine living in a place as ornate as that?











A truly breathtaking sight though...!



Pearl Mosque

'Moti Masjid' or Pearl Mosque was built in white marble by Shah Jahan, next to the Fort.
'Moti Masjid' or Pearl Mosque was built in white marble by Shah Jahan, next to the Fort.
Interior of the Pearl Mosque - so pristine and beautiful!
Interior of the Pearl Mosque - so pristine and beautiful!

Sufi Shrine

Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif, Pakistan.
Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif, Pakistan.
A close up of one of the tiles of the shrine.
A close up of one of the tiles of the shrine.



I just love the turquoise mosaic....

Sikh Mausoleum

Mausoleum of Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, situated in the old city of Lahore.
Mausoleum of Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, situated in the old city of Lahore.

Wazir Khan Mosque

Built under mughal Shah Jahan's rule, 1634, Lahore.
Built under mughal Shah Jahan's rule, 1634, Lahore.
Tiles on the walls of Wazir Khan Mosque
Tiles on the walls of Wazir Khan Mosque
Some of the frescoes inside the mosque.
Some of the frescoes inside the mosque.






The entire Mosque is a stunning piece of Art, covered with elaborate glazed tiles and frescoes. Don't miss the detail in each tile...











Such vibrancy in ancient muslim culture! Wonder what the Taliban have to say about this...

Arabic calligraphy inscribed all over the walls.
Arabic calligraphy inscribed all over the walls.

Shalimar Gardens

Shalimar Gardens were laid out by mughal Shah Jahan. A beautiful place to go for a walk or simply to relax..
Shalimar Gardens were laid out by mughal Shah Jahan. A beautiful place to go for a walk or simply to relax..

Sacred Heart Church

'Sacred Heart' Cathedral, Lahore - one of the countless number of churches around the city!
'Sacred Heart' Cathedral, Lahore - one of the countless number of churches around the city!
'Minar e Pakistan' or Tower of Pakistan, Lahore.
'Minar e Pakistan' or Tower of Pakistan, Lahore.





Tower of Pakistan.... their little Eiffel Tower!

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum, Pakistan.
Lahore Museum, Pakistan.
Sculpture of a Priest King, 2500 BC, National Museum, Karachi.
Sculpture of a Priest King, 2500 BC, National Museum, Karachi.
Ghandara Art, 5th B.C. Lahore Museum
Ghandara Art, 5th B.C. Lahore Museum
Ghandara Civilization again.
Ghandara Civilization again.
Fasting Buddha,  Lahore museum.
Fasting Buddha, Lahore museum.

Sculpture






Rock solid....as old as time itself, these sculptures have persevered in the face of invasions and wars... Defiant. Eternal....




















Each little figure in this one could stand on it's own merit.... unbelievable detail!










This is one of my favorite ones....









Buddha, Taxila Museum.
Buddha, Taxila Museum.




Lastly, these two statutes (right & below) in my eyes, represent the plight of nations caught in wars today.... humble resignation mixed with hope and longing.... embalmed in time forever.

Buddha figures, Taxila Museum, Pakistan.
Buddha figures, Taxila Museum, Pakistan.





* Disclaimer: Apart from the photographs with dates, most of the images have been taken from Google. My own camera could not do justice to these monuments.



'Hiran Minar' or Deer Tower was built during the reign of Jahangir & Shah Jahan, 1606, to honor the memory of a pet hunting antelope of the king.
'Hiran Minar' or Deer Tower was built during the reign of Jahangir & Shah Jahan, 1606, to honor the memory of a pet hunting antelope of the king.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Wow! Where do I begin. So beautiful - I certainly appreciate you explaining each picture so I got to enjoy it more. I loved looking at the turquoise mosaics and a garden, like the Shalimar Garden, is a place I would love to stroll through and reflect and be inspired. So much beauty in architecture that I was never aware of.

We all need such beauty in our lives - beauty does transform - as the saying goes.

And yes, I can imagine living very happily in the palace with mirrors.

Thank for so much!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

There is such amazing detail everywhere! Thank you so much for bringing Pakistan to life!


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robertsloan2 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Thank you for posting so many photos with so much background detail. They are magnificent. I think I like the Sufi one the best with its turquoise patterns -- it's so cheery, its silent message is one of delight. They are all beautiful though. I have always loved ancient architecture and ornamentation.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

If you take a second to forget about the wars going on in the region, and look at the buildings, and then consider how old they are you can become entranced by their genius of architecture. I have never been to Pakistan or Afghanistan, but I have been to Iraq three different times, and have been just about everywhere in Iraq. The archtecture in Iraq, is amazing. Judging from the photos in this hub I can only believe that the architecture in Pakistan is also amazing. Awesome hub myownworld.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

myownworld, WOW What a beautiful Hub, all the pictures are so magical and give such a great feeling. This is a job very well done and a up rate no doubt! Thanks for you time and effort putting all this beauty in one place. Peace :)


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andromida 6 years ago

Gorgeous architectures & sculptures.When I visited India,I found almost similar architectural structures.I would love to visit Pakistan, specially for Harrapa and Mohenjodaro.Thanks myownworld :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Bk...thank you for your wonderful comment....lol..I know, I too wouldn't mind living in a palace like that, would spoil you for life though! Will find some time soon to read your hubs too..cheers!

lorlie, so nice to see you here...yes, it's the details that are so fascinating! thank you for stopping by and take care.. :)

ah...wesley, how wonderful to see you again...hope you're doing well...you've been missed! As a soldier, you can perhaps understand exactly what I'm trying to convey here....and I know you too see how beauty can surivive any war! Take care...and hope to stop at yours soon! x

katiem, loved your comment and thank you so much for the appreciation! Yes, it was a lot of hard work, because there was so much to choose from, but it makes me so happy to see all this beauty being appreciated... :)

roberts, I know you can see these pictures from an artist's eyes, and hence your comment is most valued! Yes, there is something about that turquoise shrine that I love too...though you've described is just perfectly! thank you... :)

Yes, andromida, India has such stunning architecture....and I would love to do a hub on that too... great to see you friend, cheers for your kind words. Btw. am impressed to see you know about Harrapa and Mohenjodaro! ;)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

Beautiful words. Beautiful photos. Breathtaking buildings and monuments.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Rocehelle for your kind words.. coming from someone I respect and admire so much, they mean a lot.. :)


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

I have been waiting for your new hub. It is as spectacular as I hoped it would be. It is nice too, to recognise places that I have seen. I wanted to visit Hiran Minar on my last visit but there was no time. There are still many places I want to see in Pakistan.

I look forward to more hubs from you on Pakistan.

Take care and best wishes.


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skyfire 6 years ago

Beautiful Pics. Do you've pics of ushu valley and pallas valley ? heard a lot about those valleys recently.Cool hub mow :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Big smile on my face as I read your comment Humming.... lol... we HAVE to go there together...Hiran Minar is often missed by many tourist...and Taxila is another whole world of treasures one must see! Good to see you friend... :D

Sky, cheers for stopping by! Yes, I plan to do a hub on the northern areas which are just out of this world, so soon! take care... :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

I am always amazed at the way you have with words. What an introduction.

"Despite the blood spilt on it's soil, one can still smell the land's richness, feel the warmth from it's red bricked buildings. The hardest of hearts melt at the life emanating from them; our own struggles shrink into nothingness before their majestic presence - those solitary keepers of peace.....silently looking on with their age-old wisdom, slave to neither man nor any religion"

Thanks so much for another brilliant story with beautiful pics. One can get an amazing understanding and feeling of the true Pakistan.

Sage


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Oh my Gosh, I would give anything to be in everyone of those pictures, touch the stone, smell the history, hear the visitors, feel anxious to get to see what's next. MOW I have sen photos and brochures but you have captured the culture right throughout the entire hub, wishing there was more

Thank you, just beautiful

btw stole 3 photos and am totally telling people they are mine

ha

Hot Chick

Kimberly


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Sage...it's always a pleasure to see you here...your words always leave me smiling. Thank you and much love always...:)

Ah Lyr (I still know you by that name...suits you so well!)...such warmth in all your comments! Thank you for your appreciation and for fanning me AGAIN! Do take care... x


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Woooooo I have never seen such a collection of sheer beatiful photos, just stunning, big thumbs up for this hub xo


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

oh C'mon Art, surely your own tattoos have to beat any visual treat, but thank you for the appreciation! I actually spent a whole month just researching for this hub...and had to get it all just 'right', or I couldn't rest! Mad, I know...! Great to see you here as always...and sending lots of love xx


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is a fantastic hub. The wonderful pictures and your writing brought Pakistan to life. It is a side of Pakistan I've never seen before so I really enjoyed your hub. Thumbs up!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Ah but tattoos are just tattoos, those pictures above are not only stunning but have a history and many stories to tell, that's what makes them more beautiful. I could just stand and stare at the Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif all day, I loves moi History, muchness love back at ya xox


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi MOW, The images are beautiful and Pakistan is a beautiful country with so much to offer inspite of what is happening and the wars. The Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif, Pakistan is awesome, although all of the images are just beuatiful, I am proud ot be part of Asia hehe, Thank you MOW, this is fresh hub about exposing the culture of a country which is full of history, Maita


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Pamela for your kind words...it's always nice to see you.. just smiling your way... :)

Art, I loved your comment...yes, I won't deny how each and every monument here had such an amazing story behind it....and I lived and breathed it for every day that I was working on it.. almost as much fun as doing that hub on you! Well, nearly as much! ;) take care, friend, always x

My friend Maita....how you warm my heart! Yes, asian culture is sooo exotic and rich... I could go on doing hubs on it, and there'll still be so much left unshared...! hugs and much love x


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

The ancients took beauty and carved it into stone

Reminders that however we fashion it

Beauty needs no translation

The heart knows

The eyes see

And time is not

Thank you MOW. You rock.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Winsome...trust you to put it so beautifully! Wonderful to read anything from you... thank you.. :)


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hassam 6 years ago from Pakistan

I am from Pakistan! Thank you for such a wonderful hub about our cultural heritage. :D


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you hassam for reading and commenting. Nice to meet you... :)


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onequietnight 6 years ago

MOW, you have yet again created a brilliant hub! Just when I was thinking that there is nothing more you can possibly write about Pakistan, you come up with another wonderfully researched piece. I simply loved your introduction ... it is so powerful and yet it seems to effortless. Thanks for giving us this little guided tour through the Mughal history and keep up the great work!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

onequiet, you always overwhelm me with your words...your love and support means the world to me...just keep believing in me...thank you..always...xx


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

These are some jaw-dropping pics you shared with us myownworld! I enjoyed every single picture and gravitated more so to the Buddha pics overall. Absolutely incredible writing and with excellent accompanying photos. Thank you!


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Polly C 6 years ago from UK

I love this, the pictures are amazing and capture the true essence of Pakistan. However, though the pictures are great it is your writing at the beginning that is truly incredible. The description and feeling you put into your writing is just awesome, you are easily the best writer I have come across on hubpages.


sord87 6 years ago

It is an incredible art ,it is more than just a pictures.You are giving Pakistan a beauty through art.I am proud to live in Asia region,Great for sharing this with us, ancient beauty from Pakistan!


DXmusic 6 years ago

"Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable;

what it is or what it means can never be said"

The pictures you present here are marvellous, being in pakistan i haven't seen such beautiful pictures...Thanks


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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

amazing..arcitecture.. thanks for share


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

dohn, my friend, great seeing you...your comments are always so wonderful! Yes, my favorite ones are the sculptures too, all of them. I can't stop admiring them... :)

Polly, your comment is very humbling... really. I do pour my heart and soul into my writing...each and every hub of mine, so it means the world to me when someone values it. Thank you...

Sord, you said it: it's more than pictures, it's beauty captured in art. Thank you for the nice comment and for appreciating...

DX, cheers for stopping by! Irony is that people in pakistan themselves have forgotten what beauty their country has, thanks to the political and social worries. Do take care... :)

Thank you Rismayanti for the appreciation! Nice to see you... :)


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Origin 6 years ago from Minneapolis

I really like the architecture there, it must take quite some time to do some of it seeing at how much is involved. I really liked the Shalimar Gardens picture, it would be fun to have something of that style for the yard of my home, it's relaxing looking!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Yes Origin, it's mostly Mughal architecture and I find it fascinating too! You could always design a simpler version of the Shalimar gardens for your home, it's a nice idea! Thank you for reading... :)


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Daniyal1991 6 years ago from Lahore

Thanks For Represent My Pakistan


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BeBrown 6 years ago

Nice pictures, some of those sites are ruinded by graffiti


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Daniyal and DeBrown for stopping by.. :)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hy MOW, this is amazing! I really loved the way you made this hub! You are a great writer. But the pictures speak so much. There is so much beauty here in these places. I so want to go and be there and visit them all. The statues and stone work is just stunning. Boy, I want to get all poetic just looking at this! It is hard not to be impressed! Very glad I read this hub! : )


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Blazing Blogs 6 years ago from London

nice hub, Keepup the good work


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Incredibly beautiful. Oh I wish I could be there a while. Thank you Myownworld!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Cheeky, I feel such a connection with you.... always have. You're just such a warm and wonderful person...take care and thank you for enjoying this. The statutes are one of the most inspirational pieces of art I've ever seen...

Thank you Blazing for the encouragement!

Micky, I'm planning to do one on the north; you would love the mountains! Just the place to lose oneself biking...except, the wars have made it all so unsafe :( anyway, thank you friend for stopping by... :)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Aaaaw, you make me smile here now! Heh! Thank you moi friend! : )


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

:) :)


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charanjeet kaur 6 years ago from Delhi

Awww with every passing hub I am at a loss of words when I have to comment. I was following for so long for another hub of yours and dang you write one whenI am off on a holiday. Sorry for the late comment.

This is splendid needless to say, the words are powerful and the snaps breathtaking. I wish people would realize the beauty of the country despite the negativity. T


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Great to see you CJ, who cares if it's late or early? yes, I know what you mean, but these pics can at least keep all this art and monuments alive, it's all I hope. I love finding beauty in undiscovered little places... like beautiful children in slums... anyway, do take care and hope you had a nice holiday...x


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Once again another great hub MOW! Amazing buildings and I liked how you described the riches through blood and through war, very deep.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

A pleasure to be read by a hubber like you wren - someone i respect and admire so much! Take care...and thank you for your appreciation... :)


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

These are some of the most beautiful edifices ever! I loved reading your work and viewing the pictures. Breathtaking. Rating it up and bookmarking it, My own world! Five stars!


Justine76 6 years ago

absolutely breathtaking MOW. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us. Its good to know these things live on. (Im sure your pictures would have been just fine btw. the ones you took are fantastic)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Ann for the appreciation! Aren't they just beautiful? And so unknown to the world....

Justine, you make me smile, thank you for believing in me always, even my amateur attempts at photography! It's another one of my dreams...to go around the world just capturing beauty in the most remote, godforsaken of all places... you can join me if you like! ;)


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

MYO what else can I say besides great job !? Those pics were just outstanding ! Great work. I particularly love that one from Lahore Fort with the half moon. Did I mention that I think you rock ?


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

I wish I had taken them all tony, but lol, I did spend hours searching for them! ;) Wonderful to see you here friend... thank you for your encouragement! you always make me smile... :)


Justine76 6 years ago

Oh man, that sounds really nice MOW. Im sure you would be just fine at it, you have an incredible knack for seeing beauty.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

:) did you feel the happy prayer I sent your way justine?


dreamreachout 6 years ago

What a fabulous hub!! I can feel with each picture because being from India, we share the same history and culture!! We have always known about the monuments but its the first time that we saw such vibrant pictures of them!! Thanks to you for the same!!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you dreamreachout for the nice comment.... India has even more breathtaking Mughal architecture; I plan to do a hub on it soon too. cheers!


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ilmdamaily 6 years ago from A forgotten corner of a dying empire. OK, it's Australia :-)

Absolutely outstanding hub. As beautiful as the pictures are, your words in the introduction affected me most. I could feel the warmth you described radiating from the buildings!

Your observation about the spirit that infuses monuments being different from that which sustains human form also got me thinking - if monuments are a reflection of that which we collectively choose to value, then what does the existence of the countless empty, grey office towers in modern cities tell us about ourselves?

I think much of the world's future is tied up in Pakistan - I hope the values these pictures portray are strong enough to survive and guide us all.

Great work!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

I simply loved your comment ilm....so insightful and deep. I know what you mean. Ironically enough, the place they call a 'threat' to the world hides within it some of the most beautiful architecture ever....and the most humble of all people I've met. But when war's wage, no one heeds the silent voice of art and culture... and perhaps, these steel and glass buildings just show we've stopped listening to it. Anyway, thank you for reading... and the great comment!


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DevLin 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Almost forgot to read some of it, due to the pictures. Great cultural work. It makes me ill as a Tradesman we can't make anything last anymore, or look as beautiful. Great job.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

lol... Dev thank you for your great comment!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Fascinating, as always, and I love the pics!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Nice to see you habee... glad you enjoyed! :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Hey there MOW! Just checking by and getting another look at beautiful pictures! You know I love your work!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

:) thank you old friend... hope all goes well with you.... sending love your way!


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Beautiful pictures and a wonderful hub. Look forward to more of your work.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Zac for the appreciation... :)


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manthy 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

Very nice hub, I really love the pictures of Pakistan, we have nothing like that here in the USA, I am proud to see your hub and that you are proud to be from Pakistan, I hope you are blessed everyday for the rest of your life and beyond


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you manthy for reading and your kind wishes... :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Never too late to say happy Mothers day to a wondeful woman and a good mom, Maita


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

thank you my dearest Maita...to you too! You're really one of my favorite people here..sending lots of love and prayers xx


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

Thank you for such an empiric reminder of how superficial and hasty our western society has become. Seeing the intricate artistry of an ancient world portrayed so vividly in your work, I marvelled at our ancestors patience, the years of artisan mastery and dedication to beauty and perfection. Truly, we have not come as far as we think, and may have fallen further than we care to perceive. We have much to re-learn. Beautiful hub.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Fantastic comment parrster, but then coming from a writer like you, it's no surprise. Yes, it's amazing isn't it what human beings are capable of achieving? The ability to create so much beauty - alongside war and suffering too! If only we could just focus on the former.... anyway, good to see you here, and do take care :)


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sepiaprince 6 years ago

Again a very well written article.Pictures are beautiful.Lahore has its own special place in history starting from rule of Chandragupta Maurya to mughal empire.I live on the other side of the border and lahore is not very far..


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Though I was born in lahore, my father is from Rajistan, and so I'm very proud of my link to Indian soil. It's funny as I was growing up, if I even as much as cried at the sight of a spider, my father, a huge tall man, would say to me, 'you're a rajput baitee, act like one!" lol...! Anyway, cheers Sepia for stopping by... and your nice comment! :)


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Sab Oh 6 years ago

A beautiful and complex country, beautifully described! Definitely one of the places I have not been that I intend to experience someday.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

:) thank you Sab for your great comment! Complex is the word for this country, but the culture is universally beautiful....


ralwus 6 years ago

I think art is as old as mankind. We've come a long ways and it still lives on. Great pictures MOW!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Ral for stopping by! I am so happy to see you... hope you do well... don't forget to watch Society and remember the lines: "Happiness is only real when shared." Take care, always xx


Non-offensiveUser 6 years ago

I wanted to offically tell you that you did a great job on this one. It looks like your vacation did you well!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

LOL...NU, you look so harmless now that each time I see your avatar I can't stop laughing! it's sooo cute...! (see, it's already working!) Anyway, thanks old pal for stopping by. Nearly done with a new hub, all on porn, but can't seem to get the images working. Have contacted HP team, and as soon as it's sorted out, should publish. Take care and see u soon x


Non-offensiveUser 6 years ago

Sounds good...Just be careful with your new hub though, not even my cute new non-offensive account was enough to squeak a hub past the sensors. Can't wait to read it though!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

lol...I know...have already been asked to delete two images, now let's see if the final version can measure up! Had to go through some heavy duty porn sites...to try to get into the psyche of men. You must tell me if I nailed it or not! ;) will email you soon x


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Thank you for this amazing peek into the monuments of Pakistan. Quite stunning! :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Feline for the appreciation and for becoming a fan :)


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

I know the Emperor Mosque,i know Shalimar's garden and i have been to the Lahore Museum but i never knew Lahore is this beautiful,i don't even have a pure picture of Pakistan except the one i carry in my mind.I enjoyed my stay here and it was fascinating reading the little but credible information you packed here.

Wish i could someday have a place,my own world where i will be able to create and construct my imaginary thoughts.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece,on behalf of myself,my family and my brother/father Mickey Dee,i say more grease to your elbow.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

What wonderful and kind words Ross....Beauty lies in the strangest of places and finding it in Pakistan is always such a wonder. I'm smiling here to think you've been to these places too. And of course, you have your little word here already...and your hubs do take us down those roads you've travelled. I find your compassion most inspiring! Take care friend, x


Sajid Bhai 6 years ago

Wonderful ! How could a young girl like you shoot such magical photos.You really deserve appreciation.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Sajid, I'm afraid I have only taken but a few of these pics; most of them are from other online sources. If interested, however, here are the pics I did shoot in pakistan:

http://hubpages.com/travel/pakistan-pictures Thanks anyway and take care :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

WOW, MOW how beautiful! I'm always fascinated to see pictures of cultural things from other parts of the world. If only everyone could stop fighting over our differences and just take time to embrace and enjoy the beauty that every culture has to offer; maybe we could begin to find peace. Thanks for sharing! Thumbs up!:)


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

MOW, I always so enjoy your work. You have such a unique way of looking at the world. And such a wonderful ability to communicate that with your readers. The photos were absolutely beautiful. As I viewed them and read some of the details you gave us, I kept hoping that the Art continues to "live on against a backdrop of blood shed and misery when all else around it caves in."


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

@ Money: well said my friend! I really believe the spirit of culture is far more generous than that of human beings....and we can learn so much just contemplating, looking at these buildings and Art... take care, and thank you so much for reading and your great comments! x

@ Duchess: I'm just so happy to see you here... and thank you for your kind words... deeply appreciated, as always. Much love...x


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Ayesha08 6 years ago from Saudi Arabia

Amazing ...Amazing....I loveee PAkistan and its culture..its full of beautiful places ....Great job!!!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Ayesha for reading and the appreciation...:)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

You are a very expressive, creative poetic writer. The pictures you chose are exquisite. I enjoyed this journey with you.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you James for your kind words. It's nice to see you here :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Gorgeous hub! You did a great job with this!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you habee for stopping by! take care friend x


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Outstanding Hub! I had a chance in college to visit and I didn't - I don't have many regrets but you confirmed it - I should have gone. I admire travels and look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing a great journey.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you GG for reading...and appreciating. Perhaps, those times were much safer, happier ones in that country; now it's culture is desperately struggling to survive these wars... let's hope it lives on. :)


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m paki 6 years ago from Pakistan

So beautiful ...Amazing and gud work


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Paki for the appreciation :)


Munabil 6 years ago

I came across this by accident web-browsing in Karachi while Pakistan is feeling the pain of an aircrash and devastating flood, and cities are in strife. A soothing reminder of how people in this part of the world once strove to connect to the sacred and bring something soothingly celestial to our terrestrial tribulations. A salutary reminder. Thank you.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you Munabil for your wonderful comment. My prayers are with you and all the people suffering in the floods. It's heartbreaking. Take care... sending much love and hope your way...


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lahoriamplifier 6 years ago from Lahore

Thanks for sharing the culture of Pakistan :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thank you for stopping by Lahori, I hope you enjoyed it.


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

"the spirit that infuses them is greater than any that sustains ordinary human form" So true MOW. All the pics were simply amazing. India and pakistan have so much common. Wish our politicians had understood that!! keep the good work dear :-)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk Author

Thanks jay for your nice comment. I agree, the politicians have caused enough damage to the countries and I wish people would always live in peace, esp. when you think of the amazing similarities in culture, language and food. I myself have roots in both regions, my father being from Rajistan, mother from Punjab. So, I've often felt torn between the two! Take care old pal, hope all goes well with you.. x


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! myownworld

so nice pictures and your exceptional comments. I saw it only now. Enjoyed tour of Lahore and other places with you, ancient and modern covering practically every era of civilization.

I also find interesting that you feel both Indian and Pakistani roots. There is not really much difference.

It reminds me of one of my friend who was born in India raised in Pakistan and now lives in Europe. Once we were walking together in Europe with some Euorpean friends just after some terror incident and some people who looked a bit rowdy asked us from where we are. I mentioned India and he also mentioned rightly at that time India. After wards he was telling me "sorry I said India" and I told him "Of course! you should have said the same, what is the use of getting with them unnecessary argument/trouble. Also you have all right to say India- after all you are born in India, even if that was not true, your parents any way would have been." He also agreed.


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K.Shahid 6 years ago from Dubai

hey myownworld:) its nice to meet another punjabi girl:) i loved all your pictures-they made me home sick..i just left lahore and have been missing it terribly..i myself just wrote something on the history of the wazir khan baradari- a monument that usually gets overlooked because of the more publicised wazir khan mosque-http://hubpages.com/travel/Pakistans-Untapped-Trea...

do check it out- my pictures are in no way as good but i hope ive captured a little of the history of this exquisite city of ours:)


Teepu 6 years ago

myownworld : Marvelous work! makes me feel so proud! Thank you for putting the life Pakistan needed so bad.


aymun 6 years ago from LUMS

beautiful pictures! i feel touched!


shahzeb 5 years ago

ilove natuer


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Kamran100 5 years ago

wow..amazing collection of pictures


noshabashfaq 5 years ago

i love th images,thanks 4 providing us knowledg

vid beauty of hitory many pakistanies r not aware of it.


nabgha  5 years ago

gr8 work ....well done ....u made us proud


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SEM Pro 5 years ago from North America

Ahh Ayesha, this, my chosen first of your work, instills wonderment of beauty and the fortitude of man throughout history... Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing - to see the existing glory must surely explain the balance of that which we hear of in global news. There must always be a balance and your hub helps me understand the degree to which negative education has grown as well. Through the atrocities of war, we seek to rise above, finding solace in beauty until the state of gratitude can be reached so we know why we chose to return...


pakadventures 5 years ago

Nice post please do share your pics on our facebook fan page and also visit www.pakistanadventures.com for amazing pictures of pakistan


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shoaibgmail 5 years ago

This is generally a wonderful hub i should say,I enjoyed reading your hubs. This is truly a great read for me.


sumam khalid 5 years ago

I LOVE PAKISTAN...


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you for such an amazing hub about Pakistan. I have always wondered what it is like to live there. You have certainly given me a beautiful description of some of Pakistan's historical sites. I have voted the hub to be beautiful


mahboob 5 years ago

Beautiful our pakistan. Beautiful photos. good looking buildings and monuments.


sohail khalid 4 years ago

its very cute and and i appreciated you much


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cheetah786 4 years ago

wonderful images.. you are really good photographer.. keep it up..


Tibmann 3 years ago

Pakistan is beautiful with it's history and great civilization and can be made tourist destination for world at large and can also become famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites if only everything calms down for peaceful living. Radical minded people are making things worse there in Pakistan, if they open up their mind, and shed up their negative views and embrace peace for the well being of all. Pakistan has all the potential to become a peaceful and prosperous nation.

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