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Visit Lahore Museum Essays

“What are the dead, anyway, but waves and energy? Light shining from a dead star?

That, by the way, is a phrase of Julian's. I remember it from a lecture of his on the Iliad, when Patroklos appears to Achilles in a dream. There is a very moving passage where Achilles overjoyed at the sight of the apparition – tries to throw his arms around the ghost of his old friend, and it vanishes. The dead appear to us in dreams, said Julian, because that's the only way they can make us see them; what we see is only a projection, beamed from a great distance, light shining at us from a dead star…

Which reminds me, by the way, of a dream I had a couple of weeks ago.

I found myself in a strange deserted city – an old city, like London – underpopulated by war or disease. It was night; the streets were dark, bombed-out, abandoned. For a long time, I wandered aimlessly – past ruined parks, blasted statuary, vacant lots overgrown with weeds and collapsed apartment houses with rusted girders poking out of their sides like ribs. But here and there, interspersed among the desolate shells of the heavy old public buildings, I began to see new buildings, too, which were connected by futuristic walkways lit from beneath. Long, cool perspectives of modern architecture, rising phosphorescent and eerie from the rubble.

I went inside one of these new buildings. It was like a laboratory, maybe, or a museum. My footsteps echoed on the tile floors.There was a cluster of men, all smoking pipes, gathered around an exhibit in a glass case that gleamed in the dim light and lit their faces ghoulishly from below.

I drew nearer. In the case was a machine revolving slowly on a turntable, a machine with metal parts that slid in and out and collapsed in upon themselves to form new images. An Inca temple… click click click… the Pyramids… the Parthenon.

History passing beneath my very eyes, changing every moment.

'I thought I'd find you here,' said a voice at my elbow.

It was Henry. His gaze was steady and impassive in the dim light. Above his ear, beneath the wire stem of his spectacles, I could just make out the powder burn and the dark hole in his right temple.

I was glad to see him, though not exactly surprised. 'You know,' I said to him, 'everybody is saying that you're dead.'

He stared down at the machine. The Colosseum… click click click… the Pantheon. 'I'm not dead,' he said. 'I'm only having a bit of trouble with my passport.'

'What?'

He cleared his throat. 'My movements are restricted,' he said.

'I no longer have the ability to travel as freely as I would like.'

Hagia Sophia. St. Mark's, in Venice. 'What is this place?' I asked him.

'That information is classified, I'm afraid.'

1 looked around curiously. It seemed that I was the only visitor.

'Is it open to the public?' I said.

'Not generally, no.'

I looked at him. There was so much I wanted to ask him, so much I wanted to say; but somehow I knew there wasn't time and even if there was, that it was all, somehow, beside the point.

'Are you happy here?' I said at last.

He considered this for a moment. 'Not particularly,' he said.

'But you're not very happy where you are, either.'

St. Basil's, in Moscow. Chartres. Salisbury and Amiens. He glanced at his watch.

'I hope you'll excuse me,' he said, 'but I'm late for an appointment.'

He turned from me and walked away. I watched his back receding down the long, gleaming hall.”
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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Lahore Museum is considered as one of the major museum in South Asia. It was established in 1894 in Lahore. Lahore museum is located on Mall Road. Because of the immensity of its compilation and importance, Locally Lahore team chose Lahore Museum for the first visit to explore. The plan was set on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Firstly, All team members gathered at ‘Pak Tea House’ on Mall Road.

Visit to Lahore Museum by Locally Lahore

Pak Tea House is a famous tea place on mall road near old Anarkali. It’s almost 81 years old place in Lahore. Many famous artists, cultural and literary personalities used to sit there. We discussed there our complete visit plan and had fine chai (tea) which was good enough to temporary intellectual debates.

After having tea, we had a walk to museum through old Anarkali (food street). We saw many old building there. Also old small lanes called as ‘Katri’. As there are many traditional food shops. The idea was to bring out the old and traditional foods for all and sundry at one place. Now the famous “Phajjay kay Paye” originated from old Lahore, are available here, besides the Doctor Nihari, Sardar’s fried fish, pathooray, katlamma and much more. Besides for the sweet tooth, a variety of sweet dishes are available like jalaibees, firni, kheer and others.

It is not possible that you are passing through a street where you can feel awesome tasty fragrance of food. So, we went to a shop named ” and had breakfast of tasty ‘Nan Chanay’ there. After having breakfast, we walked to museum. The front view of building is so beautiful and graceful. The reddish stones of building gives really attractive view of it. There are beautiful green gardens out side the museum and some old statues on the walls. Also there is a book store and a small jewelry shop in it.

Entrance

On Entrance on Museum, There are beautiful antique panels on both sides. Also the roof of museum is very beautiful and decorated with lights. Lahore museum is one of the top ten museums in the world for its contribution towards preserving artifacts and relics dating from the Stone Age to the 21st century. The most current addition is that of modern arts paintings. The visible evolution of history and culture that is on display tells a unique story of the birth of civilization within the regional areas of Pakistan and the recorded history of the subcontinent.

On display are small portholes, giving us a glimpse into civilizations rich cross cultural diversity. Some of the most well-kept and rarest collections on display are the Buddhist art from the Gandhara Period, pottery, sculptures, adornments of the day of fine cloths and jewelry. In addition are well-preserved paintings, Islamic artifacts, calligraphy and manuscripts. The rich love of faith, the beautiful collections of the Holy Quran, has been magnificently preserved, withstanding the test of times. From the Armory Room to the collection of newspaper clippings and photographs, recounts the struggles for freedom from oppressors throughout the ages that finally lead to the birth of an independent nation.

Lahore Museum Map

Islamic Gallery

Painting Gallery

Foot Prints of SHRI ATMA RAM JI

SWAT Gallery

Pakistan Freedom Movement

Armour Gallery

Queen Victoria Statue

My Favorite part of Museum is Queen Victoria statue. Queen Victoria was queen of Great Britain and Ireland. This bronze statue of Queen Victoria was first displayed in Charing Cross Lahore under the marble canopy. But later it was replace with with stoned replica of Quran and it was shifted to the Lahore Museum in 1974.

Queen Victoria statue

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