Visit Allama Iqbal Museum from Lahore

The site served as the residence of Muhammad Iqbal for three years and also as his death place. It was listed as a Tentative UNESCO site, and was protected under the Punjab Antiquities Act of 1975, and declared as a Pakistani national monument in 1977. In honour of the Pakistani national poet, it was converted into a museum, inaugurated in December 1984.

Construction

The building's construction was undertaken by Iqbal, to serve as his residence. The building was European in style and was completed in 1935. The cost of construction was 42,025 British Indian Rupees. The site was built on a plot purchased by Iqbal in 1934 for Rs. 25,025, covering an area of 7 Kanals. Iqbal named the residence as "Javed Manzil" after his son, Javid Iqbal. Out of all residences of Iqbal in Lahore, only the Javed Manzil actually belonged to Iqbal.Javed Manzil is one of at least four known places where Allama Iqbal had lived on his return from Britain and Germany after securing higher education as well as Ph.D. As a matter of fact, this was the place where Allama Iqbal had breathed his last on April 21, 1938.He did not live for some years more to see his concept of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent, where they could have religious as well as economic freedom from Hindus subjugation, being turned into a concrete reality by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah through his inspired and principled leadership and statesmanship with the blessings of Almighty Allah.

Conversion to a museum

On 10 May 1961, the Government of Pakistan announced plans to convert the site into a museum to preserve Iqbal's belongings and the display of his famous works and manuscripts. The Pakistani government bought the residence from the son of Iqbal for â‚¨3.5 million (equivalent to ₨11 million or US$100,000 in 2015). The museum covers the historical period from 1877 to 1938. The museum contains handwritten drafts of Iqbal's works, photographs, certificates, awards and medals and educational degrees. Javid Iqbal, the son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal also donated six hundred objects belonging to Mohammed Iqbal to the museum. There is also a library and nine galleries in the museum. The museum was renovated and was inaugurated in December 1984 by the then Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

Located at: Allama Iqbal Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
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