The magnificent Pakistan Monument is a National Monument of Pakistan that presents the inheritance and antiquity of Pakistan. The architecture of the building pays tributes to those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their country and the patriotism of the people for their country.
The building of the heritage museum is situated in Islamabad city of Pakistan on Shakarparian Hills. The reason for the construction of the building is to indicate the solidarity of the Pakistani people. It is a popular tourist destination that elevates the National Monument more visible in the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan.
It symbolizes the unity of the Pakistani people. The Monument was constructed to dedicate to those people who struggled hard for the betterment of Pakistan.
History of the National Monument of Pakistan
Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf was the first person who decided to make this Monument. In 2004 the government laid the foundation stone. After that, the board of Architects and city planners arranged a competition for the architecture of the building to choose the final design.
In 2005 the reason behind making this landmark was to show the power and strength of the country’s people. Almost 21 architects from the whole country submitted their proposals. Finally, the board finalized the three designs. But Arif Alvi got the honor of the final design of the Pakistan Monument.
In 2006 the completion of the Monument took place. Engineer Syed Mahmud Khalid supervised the whole construction process. The inauguration celebration was taking place on March 23, 2007. The Monument building covers about 2.8 hectares of land and stands first among other buildings of Pakistan.
The Monument shows the more profound understanding of the start of Islam, the Mughal era, pre-partition history to the Pakistan movement, and the significant events that led to the subcontinent’s partition.
May 25, 2004
March 23, 2007
Ministry of Culture, Pakistan
Universal Corporation Private LTD.
Khizar Hayat Asghar
Almost Rs. 600 million
The Architecture of Pakistan Monument
The Monument looks like a full bloom flower and has a petal-shaped structure that is built with granite. The inner side of the petals is engraved with the layout of Lahore because it has Badshahi Mosque, Minar-e-Pakistan, and Khyber pass. The Monument widens up into a terrace made of marble. It gives a scenic view of the city.
The four more giant petals of the Monument indicate the four provinces of Pakistan like Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, and the three smaller petals indicate the three territories of Pakistan like Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and the Tribal Areas.
The center of the building is designed like a five-pointed star. It has water around it. A metallic crescent surrounds the star, which is engraved with sayings of the founder of our country, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and poetry of National Poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
The structure of the building is made up of granite it was imported from Brazil, and marble, imported from Spain. The inner walls of the petals have impressive artwork.
Design Concept of Monument
“We should learn from history but not remain in it.”
-Arif Masoud (Architect)
The concept of the building is derived from the architecture of the Mughal era. The structure of its four petals represents the traditional muqarnas of Mughal architecture which proves the importance of unity and integrity of the people of Pakistan.
The first Petal of the National Monument shows the beauty of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Makli Necropolis in Sindh, the port city of Gawadar, and the detailing of the Rohtas Fort near Jhelum.
Images of our founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mother of the Nation Fatima Jinnah and the historical landmarks of Pakistan illustrate the second petal.
Images of Allama Iqbal – our national poet, the Mahabat Khan Mosque, Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam, the Lahore Fort, and the Indus valley civilization show the third petal.
It presents images of the famous Sheesh Mehal, the tomb of Uch Sharif, the Khyber bypass Islamia College Peshawar, the Ziarat residency, and a few other magnificent places in Pakistan. It reflects the artwork of Monument.
There are many other features of the Monument that include the four pillars. In addition, it displays the principles of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e Azam, Unity, Faith, Discipline ‘written in English and Urdu.
A large fountain emerges from the Monument’s center, making it a splendid sight for the visitors. The next one is a wall dedicated to everyone responsible for the construction of the Monument. This wall has handprints of architects, engineers, designers, and labor involved. Finally, the chief architect Arif Masoud’s name is carved in stone at the entrance of the main Plaza.
A beautiful terrace adjacent to the Monument has circular entrances and provides a 360-degree view of the entire city. It is a lovely place to visit due to its architecture.
Monuments of Pakistan are among the most famous places in Islamabad due to their unique design and scenic location.
Adjacent to the building of Monument, there is a museum that is known as the Islamabad Museum. Does it represent a wax museum that portrays important occasions indicating the Pakistan Movement? The heritage museum has many paintings of our historical figures and other historical images. It means the chronological history from 7000 BC to 1947.
On average, 1500 tourists visit per day. The monument structure is like a star in the center and looks like a crescent moon from an aerial view; this indicates the star and crescent on Pakistan’s flag.
Kate Middleton, Prince William arrive for dinner at Pak’s National Monument in a rickshaw. Prince William and Kate Middleton were invited to a dinner at the National Monument in Islamabad when they were on a five-day tour. The British High Commissioner hosted a special painted motorized rickshaw. Kate opted for a green glittering emerald gown with traditional earrings for a dinner look. Prince William was wearing knee-length sherwani with matching trousers.