Something about the British Period (1857 – 1947)


Prior to the independence of Pakistan, this land was the part of the Britishers and got included in the British Empire for around 100 years. Thus the culture and the values of the British left their impact on the lives of the people of Pakistan after the country’s independence. Among the British heritage, there oozed out a new form of architecture, a fusion of Islamic and the Western architecture.  This is called the colonial architecture that remains in the form of residential bungalows, educations institutions, churches and railway stations and the people love to view it and this all remains in that attractively alluring form as it was at that time.

British architecture’s examples are endless in Pakistan and can be found in all the major cities of the country. The patronage of the Britishers including the railways in Indo-Pak is undoubtedly a superb gift and if you witness you come to know that all the operational railroad and railway stations throughout the country today are the same laid and developed by the British Empire prior to 1947.

If you like to witness the examples of the British legacy, you may find all over the country like seeing the ones – Old Presidency in Rawalpindi, Rest house in Ziarat, Empress Market Karachi, Punjab University’s old Campus, Islamia College Peshawar, and Cathedrals in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.




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