Pakistan Day is the celebration of the first ever Islamic republic; the day Pakistan's 'father resolution', the Lahore Resolution was passed forming what we now know as two independent, constitutional, beautiful nations.
To highlight this historical day, here at Land of the Pure we are exploring the top five monuments that showcase Pakistan's rich heritage.
The gorgeous, most symbolistic structure of Pakistan is the Minar-e-Pakistan, located in Lahore. The monument was built on the 23rd of March in 1940, after the Lahore Resolution was passed. Truly, the Minar-e-Pakistan is a symbol of Pakistani strength, independence and hope.
2) Shalimar Gardens
The ultimate symbol of peace, the Shalimar Gardens are one of Pakistan's most loved tourist destinations and date back to 1641. Inspired by the concept of 'earthly utopia', the gardens envisage Pakistan's motto: faith, unity, discipline. The gardens are located in Lahore, towards the North of the city.
3) Pakistan Monument
Pakistan Monument is a gorgeous structure found deep in Islamabad's hills. The monument pays ode to those who sacrificed their lives for a better Pakistan. Its modern design is a representation of progress that highlights how roots do not have to be severed for one to be successful. The monument is also representative of Pakistan's diversity: the four larger petals mirror the mainstream cultures of Sindhi, Pakhtun, Balochi and Punjabi Pakistanis and the three smaller petals do the same for Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and the minorities residing in the country.
4) Badshahi Masjid
Badshahi Masjid translates simply to 'The Emperor's Mosque' and is a sight to behold. The gorgeous, symbolic domes and details are bound to leave you in awe. In 1974, the second ever Islamic Summit was held in Lahore, Pakistan. On this occassion, heads of state from thirty nine countries across the world headed to Badshahi Masjid to offer their Friday prayers. It is therefore a symbol of unity not only within, but beyond Pakistan.
5) Mazar - E - Quaid
Karachi's pride, Mazar - E - Quaid is the tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Quaid - E - Azam (The Greatest Leader). With the support of Allama Iqbal, Jinnah brought his vision to life with Pakistan, which we celebrate today!