Palace Umer Hayat, Chiniot, Pakistan.

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    Omar Hayat Mahal (Urdu: عمر حیات محل) is a 19th century wooden architectural wonder of Chiniot, a tehsil of Jhang District in Pakistan. It is also known as Gulzar Manzil.
    Omar Hayat Palace is a five story building which stands in the heart of the city. Two upper stories were removed in 1993 due to heavy rainfall and storms which may have affected the adjoining buildings. It is a great tourist attraction for both local and foreign visitors.
    Members of the Shaikh family migrated from Calcutta to Chiniot around the 18th or 19th century. Sheikh Omar Hayat who was a successful trader born in a middle class family. He decided to construct a magnificent palace for his newborn son in 1923.
    Syed Hassan Shah was assigned the task of palace's construction. He gathered many famous artisans from different places who continued working day and night for 10 ten years. Rahim Bakhsh Pirjha and Elahi Bakhsh Pirjha who were masters in manabat kari did wood carving. Gazeteer Vol XXXII, Jhang district 1929 states, "The house built by Sheikh Omar Hayat is a sort of local wonder, as it cost more than Rs 200,000 to make and rises high above all other buildings of area". The construction of the palace completed in 1935 and Mr. Hayat expired in same year just a couple of months before its completion.
    History claims that Mr. Hayat's only son Gulzar Muhammad's marriage in 1938 brought an ironic twist of fate in the shape of death. He (Gulzar) was found dead in the palace the very next day of his marriage. The news of son’s death lofted loads of grief on mother who died remembering him. Both the mother and the son were buried in the courtyard of the ground floor of the palace.
    Mr. Hayat's relatives left the palace thinking it as a subject to bad luck for sheikh family, while servants continued living for a couple of years and then parted from it. An orphanage was established by some religious leaders and then it was evacuated when its top story collapsed. Next came the Qabza groups who got shops and houses constructed on the piece of land lying next to it.

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    1. Shamoon Altaf 62 months ago | reply

      very nice shot, in the first impression i thought its a big mirror :D

    2. S.N.Hussain 61 months ago | reply

      Lovel mood you have captured here!

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    4. bukhaari 61 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture of ancient architecture

    5. bukhaari 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pakistan Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. .Luigi Mirto/ArchiMlFotoWord 61 months ago | reply

      Eccellenti i neri che risultano corposi e profondi mentre i bianchi puliti e brillanti
      Molto buona ed appropriata la nitidezza non troppo marcata ma nemmeno soffusa ed impastata.

      La gradevole gamma tonale ha restituito un’ottima immagine mentre l'elemento ripreso ha permesso di ottenere una serie di grigi molto naturali ed intensi grazie anche ad un sapiente bilanciamento del bianco.

      Particolarmente gradevoli e limpidi sono i contrasti e le diverse tonalità a degradare fra i bianchi e i neri.

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    7. Autumnsonata 61 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful. Hope they're going to restore it.
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    8. sufined 61 months ago | reply

      wow this is simply amazing :) and thanks to that info with it :) nice

    9. Roby B. 61 months ago | reply

      bella Precious Memory indeed !!

      forgotten memory
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      This is definately an unforgettable memory thanks for sharing

    10. shawana mukhtar 61 months ago | reply

      MashALLAH what a wonderful shot..........

    11. Achakzai Cobra 61 months ago | reply

      classic of islaam

      nice shot good job.

    12. سامي النمري 61 months ago | reply

      روووووووووووووووووووووووووعة جدا جدا

    13. ALPHAIMAGES 61 months ago | reply

      Wow... very beautiful shot..... so classical... and so much history! Amazing work!

    14. ..Peter 61 months ago | reply

      Great image and a fascinating story!

    15. whyyelse 61 months ago | reply

      beautiful detail.

    16. duaaz 60 months ago | reply

      simply awesome !!!

    17. Adeel Ansari 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome. Great composition.

      This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

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    18. Xubayr-Mayo 27 months ago | reply

      love the light

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