REVEALED: Minaar-e-Pakistan’s hidden symbolism by a Aerial Photographer
Aerial shots of the beloved national monument, the Minar-e-Pakistan, a spectacular sight in itself — in Lahore have revealed some remarkable features.Taken from specific angles, the photographs show that the Minar-e-Pakistan’s architect had used geometric patterns with great artistry to incorporate national symbols in the iconic monument.The national monument’s hidden beauty was brought to our attention after eagle-eyed shared a post in which he described how he felt when he first noticed the monument’s lesser-known features.Photograph shows the monument, when seen from above, looks like a flower nestled on a star embraced by two crescents, a white and green one each.
The monument’s brilliant architect was Nasreddin Murat-Khan — a Russian migrant who had made Pakistan his home. He had wanted to create a “memorial that would symbolise the force which shaped Pakistan”, as per a latter he wrote on the letterhead of his architecture firm, ‘Illeri H N Murat Khan and Associates’, which has been archived by Google.The search engine giant had collaborated with The Citizens Archive Pakistan (CAP) to document how the monument was constructed. The architect had also shared that he wanted to create a memorial rostrum and a high soaring tower-like structure behind it to form “one divisible whole”.
Khan had created a crescent-shaped lawn that would encircle the structure. The two crescents represented East and West Pakistan and were embracing each other.The Russian born architect had wanted to create two flights of stairs, one coming from each crescent, that would join in a landing. He did this to symbolise the equal spiritual contribution by both wings of the country as it was hoped by the Quaid-e-Azam.