Today Multan is a combination of old and the new Pakistan culture. There is a big hustle bustle in Old town and comfort of a five star hotel and sound streets in the New city. The Old city has a very interesting Bazaar and many elaborately decorated Shrines of the Sufi saints. The numerous shrines within the old city offer impressive examples of workmanship and architecture. The Shams-e Tabriz shrine is built almost entirely of sky-blue engraved glazed bricks. That of Shah Rukn-e 'Alam (Tughluq period) has one of the biggest domes in Asia. The shrine of Sheikh Yusuf Gardez is a masterpiece of the Multani style. Other shrines include the Pahladpuri Temple.
Multan is described as a city of burial-grounds. Here more tombs are to be found gathered together in one place than anywhere else in Pakistan, and the city is dominated by the towering brick and marble shrine of its eleventh century patron saint, Shah Rukn-e-Alam. The sixty feet high octagonal shrine stands within the walls of the Multan Fort and is an object of veneration for Muslims not only from Pakistan but also from neighbouring countries.
The 'everyday' character of Islam is very much in evidence in the streets of the oldest part of Multan near the Hussain Agahi Bazaar. Here tiny mosques built into the city walls are interspersed with the shops of tradesmen, and people pray between a stall selling grilled meats and the brightly colored wares of a dye vendor. Hussain Agahi ranks amongst the most fascinating bazaars in world, combining all the intrigue and cunning of an ancient Arab soakwith the boisterous charm and pungent aromas of the subcontinent.
Multan is a very old and historical city. It has passed through many vicissitudes of fortune in its long and chequered history but has always been acknowledged as a place of the great culture and civilization and has grown from strength to strength to occupy, as it does today, a very distinguished and honourable position among the cities of Pakistan.
Multan is a complex and multi-layered city that combines a strong and fascinating flavour of age with a thrusting modernism and business acumen.
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