500 YEARS OLD MOSQUE DISCOVERED IN ISLAMABAD

500 years old mosque

Authorities have discovered a historical mosque recently near Lotus Lake. Archeologists believe this site is 500 years old. Officials say authorities can  declare it as an archaeological site after review of surveys.

According to the details, the Environment Wing of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) recently found ruins of the 500 years old mosque while carrying out development work at the Lotus Lake.

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At the first instance officials believed that the mosque was almost 100 years old. However, when the Environment Directorate asked for expert opinion of the relevant authorities. Thus, they said that the ruins showed that they was built some five hundred years ago.

Now the CDA is in the process to make arrangements for a comprehensive survey of the mosque to find the real facts about it.

The CDA’s Environment Directorate maintained that people used this mosque as a worship place by the villagers in Shakarparian.

Authorities discovered this abandoned mosque when CDA launched the cleanliness drive during the development work of Lotus Lake. Experts believe the banyan tree in the mosque’s courtyard is also 500 years old.

The CDA’s Director General Environment paid a visit to the site of the 500 years old mosque. Moreover, he directed the staff members to prepare a plan to restore it to its original glory.

CDA will also engage the  experts of the archaeological department in the restoration process. They will initiate this within coming weeks.

SHAH ALLAH DITTA

The CDA has already preserved and developed 2,400-year-old Sadhu ka Bagh and caves located at Shah Allah Ditta, measuring two acres of land. In addition to the famous Banyan trees, civic agencies have preserved other centuries-old trees including Date Palm, Kau, Phulai, Banyan, Mango and Peepal.

In his message the CDA’s Director General Environment said, We are on a ‘history hunt’. Consequently,  discovery of this old mosque will be a start for such more discoveries in the capital city.”

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