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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Monuments of Makli


One of the largest and also oldest necropolises in the world “Makli” has everything to attract people of all ages. Year’s ago, in my school days I 'd come here all the way from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (obviously now, but back then it was called NWFP), as those memories faded away with time, my curiosity about this place was enough to make me take this journey again. Since I’ve been living in Karachi, this time the journey was a bit easier than the previous one. 

Malki hills are located in the suburbs of Thatta, in Sindh province. Few centuries ago it was a cemetery though no more in use for that purpose, but the attractive and interesting fact is that it’s a burial place of more than 125,000 people, most of them believed to be Saints. 

about its inception, history tells us that the cemetery grew around the shrine of 14th century saint Hamd Jamli. Even it’s just a burial place; virtually tangible buried history makes you really think about the beautiful past. The stunning architectural structures takes you back in the years, history can be seen and experienced in these beautiful tombs.

As we reached the Makli in the dying evening, the sight was truly amazing. The Sun seemed tired after day long journey and the shadows of tombs made a real spectacle. 

Here the Imperial mausoleums are divided into two major groups, those from the Samma (1352–1520) and Tarkhan (1556–1592) periods. The tomb of the Samma king, Jam Nizamuddin II (reigned 1461–1509), is an impressive square structure built of sandstone and decorated with floral and geometric medallions. Similar to this is the mausoleum of Isa Khan Tarkhan II (d. 1651), a two-story stone building with majestic cupolas and balconies. In contrast to the syncretic architecture of these two monuments, which integrate Hindu and Islamic motifs, are mausoleums that clearly show the Central Asian roots of the later dynasty. An example is the tomb of Jan Beg Tarkhan (d. 1600), a typical octagonal brick structure whose dome is covered in blue and turquoise glazed tiles. Today, Makli Hill is a United Nations World Heritage Site that is visited by both pilgrims and tourists.

Though the polluted environment has extremely corrosive effect on these relics, the remains of the city and its necropolis provide a unique view of civilization in Sind.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and with lots of photography, had a fantastic time here

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