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Makli, Thatta

Makli, Thatta
Tomb of Isa Khan Tarkhan II - Photo provided by Paul Tanner
The Historical Monuments of Makli, Thatta reflect the city's importance as Sind's capital and as a centre for Islamic arts. From the 14th century four Muslim dynasties ruled Sind from Thatta, but in 1739 the capital was moved elsewhere and Thatta declined.

The site covers Makli Hill, one of the largest necropolises in the world. Among the notable monuments are:
- tomb of Jam Nizamuddin
- tomb of Isa Khan Tarkhan the Younger
- tomb of Jan Baba
- tomb of Diwan Shurfa Khan


Saif Hassan Siddiqui (Pakistan):
Grand in the truest sense of the word. Thatta is an awe inspiring place, magical and yet sad. All efforts should be made to preserve this area as it not only belongs to the whole of humanity to cherish and be called its own, but it also instills in man the sure knowledge that in the overall scheme of things, man's place is inconsquential, and yet at the same time he really is the centre of all creation.
Date posted: June 2006
Iftikhar Ahmad - Lahore (Pakistan):
Fantastic place, rich with historical items, mild weather and friendly noble people of town thatha, mosque is shows the technical power that mughals possessed, centries ago.
Date posted: April 2006
sayyad jallal 0049-177-4648438 (Germany):
Thatta a marvellious city, an ancient symbol of architect, all the monuments, shrines and mosques needs immediate rennovation...!!! all the money which the authorities r getting is landing in their pockets.... how sad !!!
Date posted: April 2006
Mumtaz Ali Bhounr (Pakistan):
Thatta, or Tatta, is a historic town of 22,000 inhabitants in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Its major monuments are listed among the World Heritage Sites.

The city, formerly commanding the delta of the Indus, was the capital of Lower Sindh from the 14th century. Since 1592, it was governed in the name of the Mughal emperors of Delhi. After the province was ceded to Nadir Shah of Persia in 1739, Thatta has fallen into neglect.

Thatta's monuments include the Jama Mosque, built by Shah Jahan in 1647-49 and lined with glazed tiles. There are also the tombs of Jam Nizamuddin (reigned in 1461-1509), several Tarkhan rulers and Mughal officials. A vast old necropolis with thousands of graves may be found at the nearby Makli Hills.
Date posted: January 2006
Dr. Bilal Fazal (Pakistan.):
really an amazing place to see, Asia larget graveyard and kenjhar lake, u will be surprised to see the ancient historical graves at Makli graveyard.
Syed Asad - uz _ Zaman (Pakistan):
Yes thatta is a very historical place in sind, they famous
about so many things but i really like the great Mughal
mosque yes it is great and then kenjher lake.

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Site info

Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta
Country: Pakistan
Inscribed: 1981
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (3)
Category: Archaeological site, South (East) Asian

Site history:
2009Name change
From "Historical Monuments of Thatta" to "Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta"
1981 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links

Official website:
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In the news:
» A New Life Or A Final Breath For World’s Largest Necropolis? (16-10-2014).
» Controversy over recent burials at Makli, Thatta (18-08-2011).
» Thatta saved from floodwater (31-08-2010).

Related links:
» Pakistan Tourism.

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Indo-Islamic architecture .
Glazed tiles . Necropolises . Tombs .
River deltas . Spice Route .
Mughal Empire .
Individual People
Sir Richard Francis Burton .
Religion and Belief
Sufism .
Built in the 14th century .
Located in a Former Capital .
WHS on Other Lists
U.S. Ambassadors Fund . World Monuments Watch (past) .
World Heritage Process
Inscribed on a single criterion only . Name changes .

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