Mazar-e-Quaid Karachi

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Mazar-e-Quaid Karachi


On 31 July 1960, the then president of Pakistan Ayub Khan laid the foundation stone of the mausoleum on Muhammad Ali Jinnah (M A Jinnah) Road. The government of Azad Kashmir provided the wood for the construction of the mausoleum. In the foundations of the mausoleum, copies of biography of Jinnah, some old coins and copy of Pakistan Resolution were also preserved. The design of the mausoleum was prepared by Mr Yaya Merchant. The mausoleum is made of white marble with curved Moorish arches and copper grills reset on an elevated 54 square meters platform. Since the main mausoleum stands on the rear side of the platform and draws the whole attraction by the maximum advantage it takes of the available height, the back portion is shortened and almost closed by a low retaining wall. There are no steps on this side, which faces east. The original idea of the architect was perhaps to leave it in that position and let it remain concealed by the rough ridge that still clings on to the north-east corner of the enclosure. However, the little area available on this eastern side has been developed as a backyard and, without disturbing the original concept, a low flat roofed rectangular building has been put up, five feet away from the platform, to be used as a relic chamber. One part of the chamber is reserved for housing the relics of Quaid-e-Azam and the other accommodates the graves of the devoted companions of the Quaid. This later adjunct is a very simple construction deliberately meant that way so that the attention from the main building is not diverted.
Around the mausoleum there is a park fitted with strong beamed spot-lights which at night project light on the white mausoleum. Thus the glowing tomb can be seen for miles at night. The mausoleum was opened to general public on 15 January 1971.The mausoleum is located in a manner that all main thoroughfares of the city should converge here. The site once lay at almost at the end of the old city, but today it occupies a central place with the new growth of the city. The thoroughfares that impinge on the site strike at the four angles of a parallelogram which encloses the monument. Official and military ceremonies take place here on special occasions, especially on 23 March, 14 August, 11 September and 25 December. Dignitaries and officials from foreign countries also visit this place. On 25 December each year cadets of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul mount guard of honour at the mausoleum to pay homage to the man whose country they take allegiance to very proudly defend.

Address: Jamshed Quarters, Karachi, Sindh.

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