Gift 4 – Mohatta Palace

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is 4th Gift to the World.”

In karachi, we dont have much museums. Atleast, i didnt think so, and when a couple of friends decided to go visit Mohatta Palace, i was esctatic. The experience was so good that today, i present to you as Gift #4 from Karachi….. The Mohatta Palace.

Named after its founder, the Mohatta Palace was built between 1933 and 1935 by Shivratan Chandratan Mohatta and was used as the residence of Fatima Jinnah, sister of our great leader, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Today, its used as a musuem featuring ceramic arts from over the centuries and the Jewel in the Crown exhibition which features the history of the city. Within the four walls, it carries a lot of the partition era memorabilia, including pictures, letters and even instruments from DJ Science college.

Outside on the grounds stand three picture displays, featuring various personalities from the partition time. Once you go through there, you realize why so many major roads in the city have been named after these famous personalities, such as I.I. Chundrigar, Abdullah Haroon and so forth. Also within the grounds, stands a beautifully restored Rolls Royce used by Jinnah, as well as an old fire engine belonging to the city.

The whole experience is definately an eye opener and i strongly suggest everyone in the city and who comes to visit the city to definately give it a vist.

8 Comments so far

  1. zarish (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 9:20 am

    I have seen that same car at Quaid’s Mazar a few years back.

  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    Mohatta Palace is something that I’m never gonna miss, whenever I visit Karachi

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    Mohatta Palace is truly a wonderful monument of our beloved city – Karachi.

  4. Cy (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    Mansoor: Where exactly is the Rolls in the palace? You’ve given me the idea for an article.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    cy: why you enter from the main gate, there are three huge hanger-type tents on ur right. The car is in the first one of these.

  6. JAY (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    Good post. Keep it up Mansoor.

  7. king_of_sharah_faisal (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    great topic. here is an article i recently saw on the main karachi museum. makes for a rather sad reading. i remember going to the museum for school trips and looking at objects like the priest statue of moenjo daro. i think revamping of the museum should be one of the main projects of the city government because museums play a critical role in a city’s cultural life. also given our rich history, i am sure the museum can be filled with all sorts of amazing objects. the museum is also located in a very vibrant part of town and if promoted properly, can act as one of karachi’s main attraction. perhaps the private sector can be roped in as well for fund raising. seems that museum needs a lot of help because it does not even have its own website.

    Rich history gathers dust in the museum
    By Mujahid Ali, Correspondent

    …The imposing museum inaugurated in February 1970 by the then military president General Yahya Khan speaks volumes about the public apathy toward its history and culture.

    The treasures of more than 5,000-year-old Indus Valley civilisation, of the famous Mohenjo-daro, Buddha and the Hindu period seem to have few admirers in this sprawling city of more than 14 million people.

    The relics and artefacts of the Muslim civilisation, starting from the Arab conquest of Sindh in the early 8th century to the independence movement of Pakistan attract only a handful of people.

    …The Karachi museum, which area wise is the biggest in Pakistan, has eight galleries on its first floor, while a section on the ground floor is devoted for exhibitions. The rest of the building comprises tightly guarded storerooms and offices of the museum staff.

  8. Murtaza (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    A very common mistake, the correct spelling is “definitely”.

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