Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan designed by Yahya Merchant- 1970

Mazar-e-Quaid also known as the Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam (“Great Leader”) Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, tomb of his sister, Māder-e Millat (“Mother of the Nation”) Fatima Jinnah, and that of Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The mausoleum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karachi. It is made of white marble with curved Moorish arches and copper grills reset on an elevated 54-square-meter platform. The mausoleum is located in a 53-hectare park and the building has a footprint of 75 by 75 m with a height of 43 m, built on a 4 m high platform.

In each wall is placed an entrance. Fifteen successive fountains lead to the platform from one side and from all sides terraced avenues lead to the gates. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the People’s Republic of China. Around the mausoleum is a park fitted with strong beamed spot-lights which at night project light on the white mausoleum.

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