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.
It's undoubtedly, one of the finest and most awe inspiring wonders of Mughal era.....
Built with kiln bricks, it's red sandstone exterior has the most elaborate marble inlay work...mostly in floral patterns.
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.
Palace Of Mirrors
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...!
I just love the turquoise mosaic....
Wazir Khan 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...
Sacred Heart Church
Tower of Pakistan.... their little Eiffel Tower!
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....
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.
* 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.
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