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Old April 6th, 2014, 06:35 AM   #81
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Old April 6th, 2014, 06:36 AM   #82
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Old April 6th, 2014, 06:37 AM   #83
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The amazing things discovered at the Shahi Hammam





We live in times when ‘heritage’ is a word our trader-rulers avoid. For that matter ‘culture’ makes them, like Hitler, go for their guns. Lastly, ‘conservation’ yields them no profit, so that is best avoided.

But in these ‘Dark Ages’ that Pakistan is passing through, we must never forget that Lahore is the one city, so say the experts, where over 40 per cent of the historic monuments in the entire sub-continent of the Moghal era are located in, or around. What we have done to Lahore is another story.

Last Tuesday I set off to see some excellent work underway by the Walled City of Lahore Authority, with the assistance of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with the financial backing of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

As I entered Delhi Gate the first monument to the left is the ‘Shahi Hammam’ – The Royal Baths. I remember bureaucrats until recently used this place for ‘very special’ parties. It was even ‘rented out’ as a ‘wedding hall’.

Our bureaucrats have insulted our finest monuments in every possible manner their ‘minds’ could conjure up. Since the creation of Lahore’s new ‘walled city’ authority, and I say this from personal experience, our bureaucrats are trying hard to fail their efforts, with our chief minister cancelling nine important meetings on Lahore since he was recently elected.

I am not surprised. To his immense credit, the prime minister seems much more worried about old Lahore.

Back to the Shahi Hammam which needs to be described. This is an early 1630s bath in the tradition of the Turkish and Persian style. I remember once while hitchhiking through Turkey in the 1970s as a student, I used one in Erzurum. Oh, the hot steam virtually peeled my skin and almost broasted me like a chicken.

Then a huge wrestler dragged me by the neck, put me on a hot marble slab and slapped my tired naked body into shape. I came gasping, and in one piece, but felt that I was floating on air.

Imagine the days of the emperor Shah Jehan and a tired guest after riding for days from Delhi getting ‘prepared’ to enter the Lahore Fort to meet royalty.

They were probably treated as I was in Erzarum. In nearby guesthouses they slept, and in the evening listened to storytellers in the huge ground opposite the mosque of Wazir Khan as the caravan traders settled down around a fire.

It surely would have been a scene dreams are made of, and that is why Lahore remains, even today, a special city.

However, Hakim Ilmuddin Ansari, the Governor of Lahore in those days, built the huge intricate Shahi Hammam in 1634. He was granted the title Wazir Khan, a name by which he is, and always will be, remembered.

Until very recently even our experts did not know how this amazing ‘hammam’ functioned. The rooms and the openings certainly did point out to a very intricate ‘bath’, the likes of which none other exists in the entire sub-continent.

Then it was merely a ‘hammam’, not some grand fort or mosque that the pious should worry about, let alone our ‘scholars’. It was completely ignored, probably ‘violated’ is a better word. With time, shops overtook the huge amazing complex, portion of which the British turned into a school, while the remaining became a dispensary and government offices.

Then once the authority was set up they started to think about this monument, and it was a small proposal for a grant to the Norwegians that set things rolling.

They insisted that the world’s finest conservation organisation be used, and hence the Aga Khan Trust for Culture came in. What emerged is amazing, and I would request any sensible schoolteacher in Lahore to take their youngsters to see just what has been discovered.

The Aga Khan experts set about trying to discover the secret of the functioning of this unique bath. They found British era bricks blocking them at every step, almost a deliberate attempt to block out our past.

As they dug up the floors, all relatively recent cements additions, they discovered a massive and exceptionally intricate network of heating spaces, watercourses, heat conservation brickwork, steam inlets, cold-water sprays, and spaces for massages, resting rooms, and other such constructs.

As they dug a 20-feet deep well for water disposal, at 17 feet they discovered a water inlet channel which fed the entire bath. With every passing day new discoveries are bursting forth.

My view is, and this is what the international rules of conservation say, that these amazing discoveries be conserved as they are being uncovered and in the shape they are in. No attempt should be made to recreate a new bath.

That would be criminal.As the process of discovery continues inside Delhi Gate, I hope the people of Lahore also donate towards a fund that will see this great undertaking to its logical conclusion, for it is slow painful work that costs a lot.

It is about time we acted for the sake our heritage and our culture, conserving it for our children and grandchildren, and their children.


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At the edge of Heera mandi stands a magnificent Barood Khana Haveli. The Heveli is located between Pani Wala Talab and Koocha Langay Mandi. This Heveli is a magnificent landmark, which is commonly known as Mian Salahuddin’s Haveli. Once the biggest arsenal in Lahore, the 17th century Mughal style Heveli has now become the venue for glitzy and cultural evenings and is a haven for the city’s aesthetically charged, thanks to Mian Yousaf Salahuddin, undoubtedly the cultural guru of Lahore.
Mian Yousaf Salahuddin, popularly known as Yousaf Salli, is the grandson of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Mian Amiruddin. Talking about the historical significance of the haveli, he said it came into prominence in the Ranjeet Singh period. It was built for the Sikh army’s commanding general around 230 years ago and was more of a corps commander house. It was the biggest arsenal outside Lahore Fort and built directly facing the fort as it was the tradition that arms, ammunition, gun powder, etc., had to be kept with the army chief. Part of the haveli was used as the general’s residence while the rest was used as offices and as an ammunition depot.
According to Mian Yousaf Salahuddin,
“Towards the end of the Sikh period my ancestors migrated from Kashmir to Sialkot and then to Lahore. The Haveli Barood Khana came into our family’s possession around 1870. They bought this haveli as well as some other property in the Walled City. Not much is known about its architectural details but many alterations have been made over the years.



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Wajid Ali Shah was fifth King of Oudh from 1847 to 1856.He was the tenth and last Nawab of the princely kingdom of Oudh in present day Uttar Pradesh in India. The Haveli was mainly used by the traders of East India Company as their relaxation spot between their trade ventures.Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was a very sophisticated person fond of traditional poetry, music, singing, dance and painting. But a true Nawab at heart, for him it was impossible to stay away even one day from dance and music. He invited the best singers and dancers from other parts of India to Haveli to entertain his guests that also include the East India Company officials



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New look of food street on Fort road after taken over by WCLA (During Restoration)













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Ammara Ahmad December 15, 20131


A conservation project pledges to reverse centuries of damage in the only Hamam of its kind still left in Lahore



The conservation project started in July and will take another year to finish. The team is documenting the 17th century building with the help of Total Station, an equipment that uses a laser pointer to trace the lines of the building, eventually using the lines to construct a 3D model of the building on a laptop.

Delhi Gate in Lahore is engulfed by machinery, construction workers and cement tills these days as the walled city is being preserved by the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA).

Just pass through the Delhi gate, with its monumental arch and muddy puddles, and turn left. There is a black metallic gate that leads to the Delhi Gate School but you turn right instead. And, there it is — the back entrance to the majestic Wazir Khan Hamam.

The interior of the Hamam has been excavated by the WCLA funded by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture. Red strings and small wooden poles mark the area — probably to beware people from falling over.



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great updates!!

and it is great see that this beautiful city is being restored but is a little sad see things like the air conditioner :/

what i don't loke is how they use the colurs, I like the colours, but in the bilding of the picture for example they paint part of wood with pink... no!!! haha

I guess that in the future they will do better restorations with some buildings right??
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no problem!! thanks for all those updates!!!
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I'll make a impertinent comment:

painters do not seem to know this:

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How large an area are we talking about here? Is it just a couple of streets or large swathes of the walled city?
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if I'm not wrong, it explains that:

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I see, it's a large area. Thanks.
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I don't see any restoration on those pictures...
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