Punjab : Building the Land of the Five Rivers
Punjab, the land of the five rivers, has been through the centuries a historic rite of passage for invaders seeking control of the throne of Hindustan.
With its architecture enriched by the ideas and influences that each new wave brought, Punjab’s built inheritance encompasses a vast spectrum, from ancient Buddhist sites to medieval forts, Mughal monuments and Sufi shrines, to historic gurdwaras and an array of palaces and civic structures. This book examines some of these sites and the religious and cultural traditions that shaped them, its ambit also extending to the princely spaces of kitchens and dining halls. Through its focus on small towns along with major cities such as Lahore and Amritsar, it commemorates the 70th year of Independence and Partition, providing insights on the multicultural legacies that survive from both sides of the border.