Most of us have heard the story of Taj Mahal. The beautiful piece of architecture, an immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra, is a symbol of love which Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor built in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. The jewel of Muslim art in India still tells the stories of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s love.
It seems that whoever loved their wife with whole heart, tried to make something that could last forever. Coming towards our own country, Pakistan, we could find many beautiful buildings and places that depict some fabulous love stories. Mohatta Palace of Karachi is one of them.
Mohatta Palace, one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage, is located in Clifton area of Karachi. The building was built by a Hindu businessman Shivratan Mohatta (or Mehta) in 1933.
What does history say about Mohatta Palace?
History tells us the purpose to build this building as:
“Shivratan Mohatta’s wife was diagnosed with a disease that, according to the doctors, could only be cured if the patient stays in the fresh air directly coming from the sea. Mohatta decided to build his house near the sea in order to save his loving wife.”
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Mohatta hired Ahmed Hussein Agha, a Jaipur-based cartographer to design the map of the building. Agha came to Pakistan to help Mohatta with the designs. He adopted the Indo-Saracenic architecture and used combination of yellow and pink stones for the walls of the building.
After completion, the building proved to be the coup de maître of his professional career. Mohatta Palace is based on 18,000 square feet, and that is the biggest area any building has in Clifton area of Karachi.
Mohatta Palace is a two-storey building and there are total 16 rooms in the building. As soon as you enter the building, you will find the mesmerising structure standing in front of you. Beautiful and sophisticated walls, windows and the stone work create magic on the visitors.
Renaming Mohatta Palace
It’s also in the history that after Pakistan came into being, the government decided to change the names of places that were known by the names of non-Muslims. Same was done to the Mohatta Palace . The building was allotted to Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s sister Fatima Jinnah. It was also renamed to Qasr-e-Fatima (Residence of Fatima). However, no one knows about the new name and it is still being called Mohatta Palace.
The palace is now a museum and hundreds of tourists come to visit this stunning building. It has been dedicated for the cultural events. Like Taj Mahal, it is also a symbol of love and it keeps the love story of Shivratan Mohatta and his wife alive till this day.
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