Umar Hayat Mahal
A number of historical buildings in Chiniot tell the tales of its gloriouspast. One of them, Umar Hayat Palace (also called Gulzar Manzil),is a masterpiece of indigenous art and architecture, located in the centre ofthe city. If architecture is frozen music, then Guizar Manzil in Chiniot is thecreativity of human spirit, with its beautiful Jharokas (balconies) andexquisitely engraved arches. It has a great attraction for local and foreigntourists.
This elegant mosque was built by Nawab Saad UlIah Khan (1595- 1655). the PrimeMinister of lndo-Pak Subcontinent during Emperor Shah Jahan reign. Built during1646 to 1655 AD, this mosque is one of the major sights of the town, It is anexceedingly handsome edifice of hewn stone obtained from the hills nearChiniot. Like Masjid Wazir Khan, Badshahi Mosque Lahoreand Jamia Mosque Delhi. Almost allsalient features of Muslim architecture are fully reflective in theconstruction of Shahi Mosque. which because of its artistic skill and beautyseems remarkable even today.