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There is a common misconception that most mosques look similar. However, this is not the case, especially in Pakistan, where a significant number of mosques are of diverse designs. Several such mosques (which will serve as Eid Gahs in a few days) have been cited as Religious World Heritage Sites by the United Nations, and include the following.
Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Peshawar. Built in 1630, this mosque is named after the Mughal Governor of Peshawar. Its architecture exhibits a high level of detail and craftsmanship, and while it may be deemed ‘conventional’ by many people, what makes it different is that its prayer area is located on the western side of the complex instead of around the courtyard. According to some accounts, its minarets served as execution sites during the Sikh Rule. Continue reading