Lahore Cypress Tomb


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Cypress Tomb (Saruwala Maqbara) is in close vicinity of the Gulabi Bagh and lies directly in the  north of Dai Anga's tomb, it is not accessible from there due to the various buildings that have been constructed in the area. No doubt, at one time the gardens of these sepulchers were inter-connected.

To visit the unusual monument of Cypress Tomb, you will have to take a left turn on Begampura Road going east on G.T. Road. Turning right (east)  through a locality known as Sharif Park and turning left again (north) you will reach your destination. The tomb, however, is not directly visible, because of the houses that surround the monument. But once the location is pointed out and as you turn left, you will not have any difficulty in locating it since it is only slightly set back from the road, and  is accessible by car.

The tomb of Sharf-un-Nisa Begam is popularly known as 'Saruwala' Maqbara because of images of cypress trees rendered in square ceramic tiles, rather than the tile mosaic  seen in Gulabi Bagh Gateway, as a decorative feature. The begam was a sister of Nawab Bahadur Khan, a noble at the court of Akbar.

The tower-like form, sporting slightly battered walls, is unique in itself. The building was constructed to cater to Sharf-un-Nisa Begam's requirement of daily visits to the first floor chamber, 16'  above the ground. There, after reading the Holy Quran she would deposit the holy book as well as her jeweled sword, descending by means of a removable wooden ladder. After her death she was buried in the same chamber, along with a copy of the holy book and her jeweled sword. Respecting  her wishes to keep her mortal remains out of sight and inaccessible, all openings were blocked up, providing a blank appearance in the battered walls on all four sides.

Due to the desecration carried  out on this 17th century tomb during the Sikh rule—it was believed that the tower contained treasure, and breaking open the tomb, the holy book and jeweled  sword were removed—decorative features are extant only in the upper part of this two-storey structure.

The projecting chajja (eaves), and  a pyramidal low roof, similar to one seen in the tomb of Hazrat Mian Mir provides  a fitting termination


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