Your Guide to the Historical Places in Karachi
Karachi was made a port settlement in 1729, which made its importance increase for the British. The British colonised the city and built churches, educational institutes, libraries and other significant buildings. There are many historical places in Karachi, showcasing its rich history.
Also known as the Flagstaff House, it is a significant national monument. Quaid-e-Azam house is located right in the middle of the city. The house located right on the crossing of Shahrah-e-Faisal and Fatima Jinnah Road, was purchased by the founder of Pakistan in 1943.
It is a stunning yellow stone double strayed building, with your eyes lush green carpets of grass laid as soon as you enter the house. There is also a book shop and an archeological museum inside the house.
The magnificent Mohatta Palace stands proudly in Clifton. Constructed by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta in 1927. The palace was inspired by the stone palace of Rajasthan, it has beautiful pink stones. Spanning over an area of 18,000 square feet, it is a double storey building.
The building consists of four minarets and a central dome, that adds to the beauty of the yellow stone house.
Did you know? Fatima Jinnah started her political campaign, from the Palace, against Ayub Khan.
Khaliq Dina Hall
Built in 1906, Khaliq Dina Hall, is among the few historical places in Karachi. You can still see the building’s original name; Ghulam Hussain Khaliq Dina still etched on the walls of the building. The building was named after him as he donated a total sum of Rs. 18,000, which at the time was a huge sum.
The high ceiling and its iconic stylish doors magnify its beauty. The building has a library and a huge hall, where the trial of Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar and Maulana Shaukat Ali Jauhar was held, as they were charged for treason.
Shri Varun Dev Mandir
This Hindu temple can be found in the Manora Island in Karachi. The temple was built to honor the Hindu god of water, Varuna.
According to stories, the temple was built in the 16th century, near the seashore. The temple is in quite a bad shape. The Pakistan Hindu Council and Evacuee Trust Property Board is trying to protect this heritage site, but it is quite difficult as the humid winds of the sea make the walls erode.
Empress Market is located in the middle of one of the most important towns of the biggest metropole of the country, Karachi. Empress Market can be seen from far away by its iconic clock tower, that is surrounded by a courtyard.
The market has a number of shops selling spices, fresh meat, oils and many other things at the most affordable rates, which is one of the reasons why the place is crowded all the time.
The market was named Empress as it was made to celebrate the Empress of India at the time, Queen Victoria.