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Crumbling & Forgotten

Makli Hill

Monuments at Makli Hill - World Heritage Site - Photo courtesy UNESCO

 On the outskirts of the historic town of Thatta in Sindh (Pakistan), barely 2 miles away, is a large necropolis, a 6 sq mile area dotted with thousands of elaborate, at times simple and stark, and at times imposing tombs and mausoleums, of Sufi saints, rulers, intellectuals and high officials of the time – all neglected and crumbling with time and age. It is known in local tradition as the home of 125,000 saints.  “Makli was a place of public congregation and celebration, and it served as the focal point in the social lives of the "leisure-loving" inhabitants of Thatta.  It has a special religious significance for both Hindus and Muslims.  In Hindu tradition it is a way-station for the pilgrimage to the sacred Mount Hinglaj.”

The enchanting architectural masterpieces that are scattered about the 6 sq mile Makli Hill necropolis reflect the aesthetic maturity of a province rich in history and tradition.

Because of its cultural and archeological importance, in the 1980s UNESCO listed the Makli necropolis as a World Heritage Site. The most preserved area of the necropolis is Makli Hill, which comprises about 35 monuments and contains four different schools of architecture and art made from stone to brick and glaze.

The monuments here tell the story of external cultural influences in Lower Sindh, including Hindu, Central Asian and Persian cultures.


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