Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore (1981)
Pakistan

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These are two masterpieces from the time of the brilliant Mughal civilization, which reached its height during the reign of the Emperor Shah Jahan. 

The fort contains marble palaces and mosques decorated with mosaics and gilt. The elegance of these splendid gardens, built near the city of Lahore on three terraces with lodges, waterfalls and large ornamental ponds, is unequalled. 
  • Pakistan 1984. Lahore Fort. 
  • Pakistan 1984. Glass Works at Lahore Fort. 

Pakistan 1984. Lahore Fort.

Pakistan 1984. Glass Works at Lahore Fort.

Pakistan 1980. Shalamar Gardens, Lahore. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2000, for the following reasons:
Tanks built 375 years ago to supply water to the Garden's fountains were destroyed in June 1999 to widen the road which borders the gardens on their south side. The perimeter walls of the Garden are also deteriorating. In view of the damage observed and the threat facing the site, the Committee decided to inscribe it on the List of World Heritage in Danger, in response to a request from the Pakistani government that the international community take action to safeguard the site. 
  • Pakistan 1980. Shalamar Gardens, Lahore. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. 

In its letter requesting the action, the Government of Pakistan expressed its appreciation for continued assistance from the World Heritage Committee and the World Heritage Centre for the conservation and development of the Shalamar Gardens. By nominating the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger, the State Party expressed its hope to increase public awareness both nationally and internationally on the importance of preserving this Moghul exemplary site of World Heritage of value, which continues to be a living cultural heritage site. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Pakistan (on this website). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Pakistan Section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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