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Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum


This curiously shaped mausoleum is a monument to Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah. It's set at the top of a stepped pyramid in a small park. Built in 1958-68 from the design of a Turkish architect, it is minimalist and stark. The white marble structure makes some concession to traditional styles with a square plan and supporting a semicircular dome.

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Nearby Karachi attractions

1. St Patrick's Cathedral


The Roman Catholic St Patrick's Cathedral is a fine example of British Raj architecture. Services at 09:00 every Sunday.

3. Holy Trinity Cathedral

1.71 MILES

British spiritual needs were well served in Karachi, and its churches provide some of Karachi's finest remaining examples of British Raj architecture. The…

4. Jinnah House Museum

1.74 MILES

In Flag Staff House, this museum is beautifully maintained. You can see Jinnah and Fatima's private apartments, with period furniture and accessories -…

5. Flag Staff House

1.75 MILES

Also known as Quaid-i-Azam House, the imposing British Raj mansion Flag Staff House was once owned by Mohammed Ali Jinnah. It was built over 100 years ago…

8. Frere Hall

2.12 MILES

Many of the city's most architecturally interesting British Raj buildings are now used as government offices. They include Frere Hall.