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By Fareeha Qayoom

We did a story for Valuemag back in 2009 on Shahi Hamam. It was one scary ride. The building was falling to bits. The murals and frescos had been painted over and ruined by the students of NCA. Thank God, someone had realized and stopped the kids from ruining the whole building…


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The following photos were taken one evening back in November 2015 (after Shahi Hamam was declared one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and was somewhat in the process of renovation/restoration)…Enjoy!





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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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    The amazing things discovered at the Shahi Hammam
    We live in times when ‘heritage’ is a word our trader-rulers avoid. For that matter ‘culture’ makes them, like Hitler, go for their guns. Lastly, ‘conservation’ yields them no profit, so that is best avoided.

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    Last updated: 22.06.2015 //

    On 14 June, Mr Lars Nordrum, chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad and Mr Akbar Ali Pesnani, board chairman of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan (AKCSP), opened the newly restored 17th century Shahi Hamam inside the Delhi Gate of the Walled City in Lahore. Representatives from the provincial government of Punjab, AKCSP, the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and the Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Lahore were also present at the opening ceremony.


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    Commonly known as Shahi Hamam, the Wazir Khan Hamam was built by Sheikh Ilmuddin Ansari in 1634. The Hamam is the only surviving public bath from the Mughal era in Pakistan. The single-storey structure is spread over 1,110 square feet and was built using brick tiles and limestone cement. It contains the world�s largest Mughal fresco painting. The Hamam is located just inside the Delhi Gate. It was named Shahi Hamam because it was constructed by the Governor of Punjab. Otherwise, it was a facility meant for public. The building is a combination of Turkish and Persian style. It reminds one of the traditional Persian hamams which are still vogue in Iran. It is a single storey building with beautiful paintings and has three types of bathing facilities such as cold, hot and steam bath. All these facilities have been divided into separate sections. Massage and other similar facilities were also provided. The original paintings on the walls have lost their form and color at many places due to the negligence of the custodians of the building.


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  4. Discovering Shahi Hamam
    The long lost heritage of Lahore

    I got to know about Shahi Hamam just two years ago during a photo walk inside Delhi Gate, and I am sure most of us are still unaware of this unique piece of Lahore’s heritage.


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