The Holy Trinity Church, Murree

The Holy Trinity Church, Murree
The Holy Trinity Church, Murree

While running up the stairs of a hotel to inspect a room, I caught the beautiful sight of this 159 year old church on the Mall Road in Murree. ¬†Could’ve cropped out the window bar on the left side of the frame, but felt that it would give the true idea of being photographed from inside a building.

The Holy Trinity Church was consecrated in May of 1857, just as the “Mutiny” or first war of Independence against British rule began. Opposite the Church lay the most significant commercial establishments, the Post Office, general merchants with European goods, tailors and a millinery (hat shop) were established. The Church was the center of early colonial life and still serves the town’s remaining Christian population and expatriates.

An old photograph from ImagesofAsia.com shows a painting of the church in 1910:

The HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, MALL ROAD, MURREE in 1910
The HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, MALL ROAD, MURREE in 1910 – Source ImagesofAsia.com

Resurface…

This is just the way Dara wanted his dearest wife Nadira Begum’s tomb to be… submerged… He wanted it to look as if it was floating on¬†water…

But the invading East India Company saw the boundary walls of the tomb as a great source of construction material… they stripped the walls of its bricks and used it to build the Saddar Cantonment in Lahore… Ironically, this tomb is now also a part of the same cantonment and lies on ‘ Infantry Road ‘

The place is now called Mian Mir Park (as Hazrat Mian Mir’s shrine is right next to it) and Nadira’s pavillion tomb forms its centre…

Emperor Aurangzeb, in the bloody race for the throne, slaughtered his brothers and poisoned their children… Many were rendered fatherless, childless and motherless…

Now children play cricket under Nadira’s watchful eyes…

With endless rains, waters have surrounded her tomb and amid the floods, her tomb floats again…