Mazar-e-Quaid ( Resting place of the great leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah) is also known as the Jinnah Mausoleum. The mausoleum is also one of the National Heritage of Pakistan. This is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It was completed in the 1960s and is an iconic symbol of Pakistan throughout the world. Mazar is one of the most popular tourist places among the foreign visitors to Pakistan.
Mausoleum of great leader is totally built up of white marble with curved arches and copper grills reset on an elevated 54-square-meter platform. It was designed by famous architect Yahya Merchant. It has a footprint of 75 by 75 m (246 by 246 ft) with an elevation of a about 43 m (141 ft), built on a 4 m (13 ft) high platform.
The mausoleum has all sides entrances in each wall. The four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the People’s Republic of China as a tribute for the national hero reflects green and looks beautifully amazing. There are a many successive fountains that lead to the platform from one side and from all sides terraced avenues lead to the gates.
Tribute To Other Heroes
This mazar was built to pay tribute to great leader but also his companions. There are three graves in a row and one to the north in the interior of the grave complex. At the northern side, a series of black floral designed grave at the base, belongs to Miss Fatima Jinnah, Quaid-e-Azam’s sister. Out of the other three graves, one belongs to Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. The second one belongs to Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. In the middle one Nurul Amin is burried, who rose to be the Vice-President of Pakistan. All these graves are made of Italian white marble.
Celebrating National Days
Many civil and military ceremonies take place here on special occasions to pay tribute to the efforts of National heroes, such as:
- Pakistan Day on 23 March
- Independence Day on 14 August
- The anniversary of Jinnah’s death on 11 Septetmber
- Jinnah’s birth anniversary on 25 December
This is a very good place to be visited as it reminds the sacrifices made by the Muslims of asia and their leaders to get a separate homeland. Moreover, there near the mausoleum is a park with strong beamed lights which project light on the white mausoleum.
The glowing tomb can even be seen from four miles at night. Dignitaries and officials from foreign countries also visit the mausoleum during official tours.
People from all over the world visit the Country and the mausoleum and appreciate their sacrifices. Its a great heritage for Pakistan
The national mausoleum is located in the province of Sindh in Jamshed Quarters neighborhood of Karachi city, Pakistan.