World Heritage Sites are places of outstanding cultural or natural importance to humanity’s heritage. Given Pakistan’s rich history, it is home to many important historical and archeological sites. In today’s 1 min read, we will look at those places designated as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
The iconic Lahore Fort is a citadel, which traces its origins way back into antiquity. The current structure was built by the Mughals and subsequently ungraded. The Fort is among the finer examples of Mughal architectures.
Build under the Afghan King Sher Shah Suri to subdue rebellious tribes, the imposing Rohtas Fort could hold a garrison of 30,000 men and was build to withstand major sieges. However, the fort was never besieged
The ruins of Mohenjo-Daro were once among the largest settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization. The city was abandoned in 1900 BCE and wasn’t rediscovered until 1920s. The site today is threatened by erosion and improper restoration.
Taxila is another important archaeological site in Pakistan and it is considered among the earliest universities of the world. Like Mohenjo-Daro, the site is also threatened
The ruins of Takht-i-Bahi are a 1st century BCE complex of extreme cultural value for it being highly representative of the architecture of early Buddhist monastic centers.
Shalimar Gardens is a Mughal garden complex located in Lahore. The magnificent garden draws inspiration from many different central Asian and Indian cultures.
Makli Hill is one of the largest necropolises in the world and is a burial place of some 125,000 rulers and saints. It was made into a world heritage site in 1981.
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