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Frequently Asked Questions

    
     Dear friends, customers, and potential customers, part of making your online buying experience flow as smoothly as possible involves educating yourself about the products you are buying and the policies of the merchant you are making your purchase from.  By reviewing our policies, answers to commonly asked questions, and learning about our watches, you will greatly increase your chances of having a positive buying experience.  Please read all of the below questions and answers before emailing us, and if you have further questions, please email us prior to making your purchase.  95% of non-watch specific questions you may have are answered here. 






Contents:

-  Is it in stock right now, at this very moment?

 - How long does shipping take?

  -We don't ship broken watches.

  -Tell me about The Cost of Shipping.

  -How should I care for my 7750 Movement?

  -Will you take additional pictures of a watch for me right now?

  -Will you produce a video/evidence photo for me?

  -What happens if my shipment is lost or stolen?


  -What is your Return Policy?

  -What happens if my watch stops working? 

  -What if the watch I received is not the one I ordered?

  -Can I Cancel My Order?

  -Where can I track my package?

  -I received my tracking number, but it doesn't work!

  -How much would it cost if I bought _____ and ____ together?

  -Are your prices negotiable?  Are there any discounts?

  -Why do some sites sell watches for more/less than you?






Is it in Stock Right Now, At This Moment ?
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As with every seller, we stock the most popular models to meet demand.  Other models are available, and can be picked up from various producers within a day or two.  Sometimes, it may take a few days, depending on demand.  If you email us asking " Is it in stock right now? ", you will get an answer reflecting the general availability of that watch as it currently stands.  If we tell you that a particular watch is available now, this does not guarantee that the watch will remain in stock.  For example, if ask about stock on Monday, and then place your order on Wednesday, stocks by that time may very well have changed.  In fact, stocks can change daily or even hourly.  If we have two or three units of one particular model, and get stock inquiries from five or six customers, then obviously if all five or six customers ordered, only three of their orders would be fulfilled immediately.  This is very important to note, before placing your order.  If you have some kind of time constraint ("I absolutely need my watch by the end of this week" etc.), we would highly suggest that you wait until you no longer have such a time constraint before placing an order. 


Furthermore, there are hundreds of watches displayed on our site, and we do the best to ensure that we display only the models that are in stock.  However, it is not possible to check the stock of every single model, every day of the week, and some models that are out of stock now, may be back in stock next week.  If you place your order, and the watch happens to be out of stock, you can always request a FULL REFUND, which will be granted to you IMMEDIATELY upon your request.  FULL REFUNDS are available instantly, on any order that has not yet shipped.  Simply request it, and your card will be credited IMMEDIATELY without any questions.  There are NO RESTOCKING or CANCELLATION FEES whatsoever.  Your refund will be a full, 100% refund of the total price you paid.  Please keep this in mind when you order. 

We do not benefit in any way from lying or deceiving customers with regard to what is in stock.  Out of stock orders are refunded, which means that we are losing money, and all funds are returned to the customer, thus we have no motivation to mislead customers about what is available at any given time, because cancelled ordered actually cost us money on top of the selling price, due to fees involved.  Sometimes watches go out of stock.  Sometimes customers ask about stock, and then order later only to find that the watch they wanted sold out in the mean time.  This is unfortunate, but in such cases, a 100% refund will be granted without any questions asked, so there is no need to suffer from "in stock" anxiety.




How Long Does Shipping Take?

The majority or orders will ship within a few days of the order being placed.  Once shipped, Express Mail typically takes approximately 5-8 working days to arrive to your door.  Sometimes it may take longer due to postal delays, or weather conditions, etc.  Registered Airmail can take 2-6 weeks to arrive, depending on your country.  It is recommended that registered airmail be used only for spare parts and boxes/accessories. 

DHL/FEDEX/UPS typically take about 4-5 working days to arrive, however please note that these services cost $50-$60 additional, and are not available in all areas.  For some countries, DHL/FEDEX/UPS may be too risky for customs purposes, while in other countries these services may work well.  Please note that during times of high order volume, there may be delays in shipping.  We will do our best to speed things up in this case.  Also note that if a watch fails the quality control test, we will get a new watch to replace it, and this may also cause a slight delay.  All shipping times posted on this site or quoted in emails are estimations only, and not guarantees. 







We Don't Ship Broken Watches

Please read the following very carefully.  From time to time, a customer will receive a watch that is dead on arrival.  We understand that this is extremely frustrating.  The gut reaction of the customer will often be "Hey, you sent me a broken watch!"  We would not benefit in any way from sending you a broken watch.  There simply exists no benefit to sending out broken watches.  We test ALL watches for both functionality, and accurate time keeping.  We use a watch timer that cost several hundred dollars for this sole purpose. 

Can a watch that has gone through testing develop problems later?  Yes.  Is it possible to spot such a watch, and predict that it will have problem later?  No, absolutely not.  No one can predict whether one watch will magically stop working after a set period of time.  If we could predict the future, we'd be playing the lottery, not selling watches.  The vast majority of watches that are sent to us for repair have suffered some type of "shock damage".  This means that the watch has either been dropped, or simply that the postal service has thrown your package around like a baseball, and this has caused damage to the watch.  This is regrettable, but remember, WE TESTED IT BEFORE IT WAS SENT OUT.  A watch is an extremely precise instrument.  A watch costing $19,500 originally will have all sorts of anti-shock technology built into it.  A $589 replica of the same watch WILL NOT have the same anti-shock technology or components.  Please keep in mind that though a $589 replica is still quite expensive, it is illogical to have the same expectations of the $589 watch as you would of the $19,500 original.  If you drop the $19,500 original, it might continue to function.  If you drop the $589 replica, it will probably STOP working.

All it takes for a watch to stop working, or stop keeping time is a strong jolt.  If the balance shaft pops out and sits at an angle of even 1-5 degrees, the watch will no longer keep time.  Automatic watches are THAT delicate.  If a postal worker throws the box, there is a good chance that your delicate watch will be damaged.  To reduce chances as much as possible, we wrap the watches in plastic and bubble wrap.  When sellers are shipping AUTHENTIC watches, they wrap them the same way, but they also ship them via UPS or FEDEX, with a $19,500 declared value and full insurance.  The cost of which usually reaches around $1000 or more.  As you might infer, this is not practical for a replica costing a few hundred dollars.  Thus we pack them as best we can, and we ship them using Express Mail or other means.  If we declared or insured the watch for a high value,  it would create customs problems for the customer, along with adding a few hundred more dollars to the shipping price and require customers to pay additional taxes on arrival.

The majority of watches sent back for repair are suffering from drops, falls, abuse or simply random breakdowns.  Many of the watches that stop working don't actually even have movement problems.  A lot of them were thrown around, and the hands are now pinched against the dial, causing the movement to stop.  Many of them have been dropped hard enough to have the balance shaft pop out of it's setting, and thus either don't keep time, or lose most of their power reserve capability.  Generally, it's not a faulty movement, it's just that someone has treated the watch poorly (either during shipping or after), and a vital component has either been damaged or shifted from it's place on the movement.  Other watches are damaged because customers try to manually wind them.  Automatic watches are not designed to be manually wound.  Manually winding an automatic watch will certainly reduce the longevity of it and will likely result in broken crowns or damaged keyless works.  Automatic watches need to be kept on winding machines.  If you are winding the crown as a habit, you are reducing the lifespan of your watch.  Please keep in mind that we test watches before they ship.  If you receive a non-functioning watch, it is unfortunate, and we will repair or replace it with the same model, however, rest assured that we TESTED IT BEFORE SHIPMENT and it would make absolutely no sense for us to send out a non-working watch.
















How much does shipping cost?

Shipping via EMS service is included in the retail price of the watch for most countries.  There are no additional shipping charges unless you live in a country that cannot accept EMS shipments, or where EMS is not a safe shipping method.  In such case, refer to the chart below for shipping costs.

  EMS Service
 Australia
 Brazil  Canada  Egypt  France  Hong Kong  India  Japan  Malaysia  New Zealand  Norway  Pakistan  Russia  Saudi Arabia  Singapore  Taiwan  Thailand  UK  US FREE Fedex/TNT/DHL/UPS
Argentina
Brazil Canada Egypt France India Japan Mexico New Zealand Norway Pakistan Russia Saudi Arabia UK $60.00 Fedex/TNT/DHL/UPS
Denmark
Greece Iceland Ireland Italy Portugal Spain Turkey $60.00 Fedex/TNT/DHL/UPS


Others

$65.00 Registered Airmail


Germany
Sweden
Belgium
Netherlands
Switzerland

FREE


















Will You Take More Pictures for Me?

We're sorry, but we simply don't have enough time to go and snap extra pictures of watches that are already very clearly shown on the site from at least six different angles.  We receive tens of emails every day asking "Can you stop what you are doing, go out and take additional photos of a watch that I am potentially interested in?"  While we would love to be able to cater to every potential customer's requests to go out and take additional photos, we unfortunately have to spend our time in a productive and efficient way, and going out to take additional photos of watches that we have already painstakingly photographed for the site just doesn't make much sense. 

Our time is valuable, and our priority is preparing and shipping watches to customers who have already placed orders.  We understand that the photos we have taken for our site are very high quality, and that our watches look almost unbelievable quality-wise in the photos.  This is because we spend a great amount of time and effort setting up watches in a light box with a professional DSLR camera, and photographing them from every angle possible.  Hence, going out and snapping additional camera phone pictures for potential customers makes no sense at all.  Please understand this, and please do not send us emails asking us to stop what we are doing to go and take additional unnecessary pictures.  Also keep in mind that every single order is photographed prior to shipment, and that paying customers DO receive photos of their orders before shipment.























I would like you to make a custom video of this watch for me, and include a copy of today's newspaper with the date clearly visible so that I can be sure that you will ship me what you are advertising.  Will you do this for me, free of charge?  If not I will go elsewhere!

This exact type of email arrives to us 3-5 times PER DAY.  Respectfully, we request that you take your business elsewhere.  We are a serious business, focused on shipping to and servicing our loyal client base.  No, we will not take an evidence photo of a watch for you, no we will not go out and produce a video of a watch for you.  As mentioned above, great time and effort is already taken to produce high quality photos of our watches on the website.  Professional photo equipment, meters and light boxes are used.  Please respect the nature of online commerce and do not send us ridiculous requests like this, as we will not be able to reply to such emails. 



















Asian Valjoux 7750 Care Advice.


To avoid doing damage to your Asian 7750 movement, please do not set the date when the watch is between 10:00 and 3:00.  If you need to set the date, please adjust the time temporarily outside of the 10-3 range, set the date, and then re-set the time.  Setting the date while the watch is between 10:00 and 3:00 will damage the gears of the watch. 

Please note that the Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement uses a pusher button on the side of the case to set the date, and the date on these models can be set at any time.  When you first receive the watch, please give it 40-50 winds to get the power-reserve back up to optimal conditions. 


















Shipments that are Lost or Stolen.

In the unlikely event that your package is lost or stolen, we will investigate, and if the watch cannot be recovered, we will discount your next order, or depending on the cost, re-send the watch to you.  We regret to inform you that if the postal service delivers the watch to the WRONG address, or you have moved or changed your address without notifying us, there is nothing we can do to recover your watch. 


It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you remain calm during the shipment of your order.  If the package is held up anywhere for a few days, PLEASE do not panic and start sending threatening emails.  If your package is lost, we won't be able to file a loss claim with the shipping until after 30 days, so seeing your package held up at some point in the shipping process shouldn't cause you to immediately panic.

The package will only be re-sent when we have determined to a satisfactory degree that your original package has in fact been lost.  If we re-send a package, and then both packages end up arriving to you, we will be forced to bill you for both packages, so it is best to wait, and be certain first that your package is actually lost and not delayed, before taking action.



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What is your Return Policy?

Simply stated:  Returns are only accepted in the case of defective or broken items.  With that being said, if your watch has a problem, we will gladly REPAIR it EXCHANGE it for the same exact model.  All watches are tested prior to shipping.  We regret that we cannot accept returns from customers who "changed their mind", so please be aware that once you receive the watch, the sale is final.  Under no circumstances will we be able to issue refunds to customers whose watches have already shipped. 

Please be aware that when you make the commitment to buy a hand made watch from us, we put effort into preparing and carefully shipping your watch.  We will be unable to accept returns for a refund under any circumstances.  If there is a problem with your watch, you may exchange it (for the SAME model), or we will repair it for you at no cost. 

If you need to send your watch in for repair, you MUST send it back to the address that we provide, and you MUST use EMS Express Mail to send the watch.  We are not responsible for lost watches that were shipped using any other method.  You will receive special return instructions from us via email, follow these steps carefully to ensure that you package reaches us and avoids customs problems.  

Upon receiving your watch, we will repair it or send out a new one.  If your watch experiences a mechanical failure we will repair or exchange it.  Any product that was purchased at 'sale' price or for a price lower than retail is not eligible for return under ANY circumstances.  Please be very sure you know what you are buying before sending payment. 




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What if my watch stops working?

If your watch stops working simply return it to us and we will either repair it or exchange it for a brand new one (same model).  Please note that this exchange does not apply to watches that have suffered physical damage caused by the customer, and that we will not refund any return shipping costs UNLESS you received the wrong model.  Physical damage may be repaired, but it will be 100% at the expense of the customer. 


Please note that you take full responsibility for safely shipping the watch back to us.  You are responsible for shipping charges one-way, and we will pay shipping charges back to you and the repair cost.  No exceptions.  The cost of shipping a watch back to us for repair is very little compared to what it would cost you to have your watch repaired at a jewelry store in Europe or North America.  If you choose to ship your watch using an unreliable method such as general airmail, which has no tracking number available, you are 100% liable for anything that happens to the watch during transit, including the package being lost, stolen or taken by customs.  Regardless of how much it costs to send it back to us, you are responsible for the cost of getting your watch back to us. 




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I Received the Wrong Model.

In the unlikely case that you receive a different watch than the one that you ordered, we will remedy the problem right away.  We require you to send the watch back to our location and we will send out the correct watch immediately with no additional shipping costs of any kind.  Please note that for all logical reasons, we cannot ship out a new watch to you until we receive the original watch back from you and confirm that it was in fact the wrong model.



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Can I Cancel My Order?

Provided that your order has not left our location, you may cancel your order.  Once your order has shipped, there exists no possibility for cancellation.  Please be serious and committed to the purchase before buying a watch from us.  If you attempt to return a watch without authorization, we will not accept it. 



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Where can I track my package?

 
   China EMS: www.ems.com.cn    UPS ww.ups.com    FEDEX www.fedex.com    DHL www.DHL.com    TNT www.tnt.com        China AIRMAIL www.track-chinapost.com    Hong Kong AIRMAIL www.hongkongpost.com        EMS International:     Australia Belarus Brazil Cambodia Canada Denmark Finland France GDSK (Germany) Georgia Hong Kong Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Israel Japan Korea Malaysia New Zealand Nigeria Norway Pakistan Poland Russia Singapore Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Vietnam


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My Tracking Number Isn't Working.

Please try again in 48 hours.  Not all tracking numbers show up immediately, in fact some packages will actually reach your country before the EMS tracking website updates.  If your tracking number still does not work 5 days after receiving the email from us, please contact us and we will investigate for you.  If you email us before 5 days, we will refer you to this FAQ. 




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How much would it cost if I bought _____ and ____ together?  Do you offer a discount?

For your convenience, all pricing is listed on our site.  The cost of shipping is included in the price of each item.  There are no additional shipping charges for your order.  To calculate the total cost of your order, simply add up the prices of the items you wish to order, and apply any discount that is listed under our promotions section. 

Discounts:

2 Watches:    $25 off
3 Watches:    $50 off
4 Watches:    $75 off  etc.

If you order more than one watch, your total cost will be the total price of the watches, minus whatever discount is listed above.  Discounts only apply to watches purchased at the same time.  Please note that these discounts are in DOLLARS and NOT percentages.





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Tell Me About Your Prices.

Our prices are not negotiable.  We will not price match other sites because:

(1.)  We do not know if the other site is a scam.

(2.)  Despite the fact that other sites may use attractive pictures, or even the same pictures as our site, we have no way of determining if what they send you will be of the same quality as the watches that we sell. 

In many cases, you may pay slightly less for a watch that you feel is of comparable quality, however what you receive may be MUCH lower quality, and the movement may be MUCH different than what you thought you ordered.  For this reason, we will not price-match any other sites.  We wish you the best of luck in your search for a watch that falls within your price range and meets all of your needs.

 

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Why do some sites appear to sell the same watches as you, but at much higher prices?

Because they are counting on the fact that their potential customers do not know anything about watches, and have not researched watches prior to making their purchase.  The use of clever marketing tactics and advertising often persuades customers into paying $800+ for the same exact watches that we sell for $300.  Sometimes the watches are even lower quality!  We encourage you to read about watches, join watch forums, and talk with other people who have bought watches from us or elsewhere.  No matter what marketing hype you read, a  watch with an ETA movement is not worth $800+.


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Our business began in a little town in Romania (in Europe). My great grandfather, who first learned this trade in Europe, ran a small watch and clock repair shop in a small room out of his small home. His knowledge and skills were passed on to my grandfather, Trifon Irimescu who continued the great trade and worked his entire life as a watchmaker. My father was brought up learning this trade as a young child. Knowing how to fully repair watches by the time he was just eight years old prompted my father to leave school after the 7th grade (for those times it was normal for a young man to help earn money for his household).

From that time on my father and grandfather worked together in one shop and later my father opened a second shop in Romania before coming to the US. In 1987 we came to the United States where my grandfather retired from full time watch repairing (but continued working on watch and clock projects until his dying days). Shortly after our arrival to the United States (1989 to be exact) my father opened his very own shop under the name of Paul's Watch & Clock Repair in Sacramento California. He worked for a couple of watch shops in Sacramento before opening his shop.

He has since relocated from the first location on Arden Way to our present location on Fulton Ave in Sacramento California. I was brought up learning this trade from my father very early in life. When I was about 12 years old I began repairing Timex watches. Throughout the years I spent more time learning from my father and working with him on and off part time. I now work together with my father full time and have done so for about five years.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Places You Should See In Pakistan Graziano Scaldaferri

For centuries before obtaining independence, Pakistan was governed by different rulers, from the nature-loving Mughal Emperors to the British colonialists. Such a complex and fascinating history has left behind numerous military and religious landmarks scattered across the country, where stunning mosques, forts, mausoleums and national monuments stand to this day. Discover some of Pakistan’s best attractions and sights with our guide to the country’s most striking examples of historic architecture.

 

Shalimar Gardens | © Farrukh/Flickr Shalimar Gardens

Completed in 1641, the Shalimar Gardens were the possession of a noble, Pakistani family, a governance not difficult to guess at all, considering the magnificence of this beautiful site. The gardens are laid out over three descending, successive terraces carrying the poetic names of Bestower of Pleasure , Bestower of Goodness and Bestower of Life , each rising four to five meters above the other. Despite the ravishing flowers and lush fruit trees, the flora isn’t the best attraction of these gardens, as the misleading name might suggest. In fact, most striking are the large pools placed in the middle of the terraces, which receive water from hundreds of fountains (410 in total across the three terraces). The quaint pavilions, porticoed audience halls and marble basins found along the edges of the pools complete a peaceful, dream-like and refreshing corner in the city of Lahore.

Shalimar Gardens, G. T. Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Faisal Mosque | © _rh/Flickr   Faisal Mosque

When Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay ‘s design was chosen for the Faisal Mosque, many raised their eyebrows. The project differed from traditional mosque architecture, as it featured contemporary, sleek lines and, most notably, lacked a dome. Construction work began in 1976 and was finally completed ten years later. By then, most criticism had crumbled in front of the imposing, captivating building that now dominates Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city, from its elevated position at the foot of the Margalla Hills. The mosque is named after Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz, the Saudi king who suggested the idea of a national Pakistani mosque, and largely financed its construction. The 5,000-square-meter prayer hall is an eight-sided, concrete structure, inspired by the traditional tents of Bedouins, with a capacity for 100,000 worshippers. It’s surrounded by four 88-metre-high minarets in perfect one-to-one ratio with the base. They were designed as the sides of an imaginary cube, in honor of the sacred, cubic Kaaba found at the centre of Mecca’s most important mosque.

Faisal Mosque, Faisal Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Pakistan Monument | © Muzaffar Bukhari/Flickr   Pakistan Monument

The Pakistan Monument was inaugurated in Islamabad on 23 March 2007 as a national monument embodying the country’s history, and is in effect rich with significant cultural references. For its design, architect Arif Masood drew inspiration from the figure of a blossoming flower to represent the four provinces and three territories into which Pakistan is subdivided. The structure consists of four bigger ‘petals’ (the provinces), alternated with three smaller ones (the territories), built in granite and decorated with murals on the inner sides. Seen from above, the monument meaningfully recalls the five-pointed star on Pakistan’s national flag . Below the petals, a metallic crescent is found, which is inscribed with verses by Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Indian poet Muhammad Iqbal .

Shakar Parian National Park, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah | © Benny Lin/Flickr   Tomb of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Mazar-e-Quaid)

Widely revered as the Great Leader or Father of the Nation throughout Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a pivotal figure in leading the country to independence from the British Empire . A beautiful mausoleum in Karachi , Pakistan’s largest city and Jinnah’s hometown, celebrates his memory and is home to his tomb, as well as those of his sister and Pakistan’s first prime minister. The mausoleum’s bold design impresses with its striking yet iconic simplicity: a nearly cubic base, with an extension of 75 square meters, topped by a large dome, both clad with splendid white marble. The sanctum can be entered on any of the four entrances, one on every wall, and each situated under an eye-catching Moorish arch. Jinnah’s tomb lies on an elevated platform rising in the middle of the stunning surrounding park, with beautiful moans and a set of 15 successive fountains that lead the eye towards the mausoleum.

Mazar-e-Quaid, Jacob Lines, Karachi, Pakistan

 

Minar-e-Pakistan | © Irfan0552007/WikiCommons   Minar-e-Pakistan

On 23 March 1940, the All-India Muslim League passed a resolution that represented the decisive step towards the foundation of Pakistan. Twenty years later, on the site in Lahore where that historical event had taken place, construction work began on a commemorative monument, the Minar-e-Pakistan, which was completed eight years later. The Minar-e-Pakistan is a 62-meter-high minaret rich in symbols standing for the history of Pakistan. The tower is laid on an elevated base, in the shape of a five-pointed star, which comprises of four platforms. The stones used to build each platform are progressively more refined from the bottom up (ranging from uncut stones to polished white marble), to signify the difficult developments but final success of the Pakistan Movement for independence. Like Islamabad’s Pakistan Monument, this landmark’s lower part is built in the shape of a blossoming flower, from which the tower rises as a symbol of the country’s birth. The Minar-e-Pakistan is situated in a large park, quite popular among Lahorites, which is visible along with pretty much the entire city from the minaret’s top dome.

Minar-e-Pakistan, Circular Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Wazir Khan Mosque | © Usman Ahmed/Flickr   Wazir Khan Mosque

The Walled City of Lahore or Old Lahore is a historical and chaotic section of the Pakistani city which used to be protected by walls, and entered through 13 gates. Today, the walls are gone but most of the gates have remained. The Wazir Khan Mosque in Old Lahore can be reached by passing through the Delhi Gate. The magnificent mosque, with four minarets of about 33 meters each and five turnip-shaped domes, is built entirely with small bricks and was named after the governor who ordered its construction in 1634. One of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan, it is best known for its incredible mosaics made from myriads of brightly colored glazed tiles. These are found all over the external and internal walls, and are so meticulous and rich in details that they make Wazir Khan a stunning piece of art, in addition to a religious site. This mosque is also famous for having been the first to include a 22-shop bazaar in its original planning, still today a unique feature among mosques worldwide.

Wazir Khan Mosque, Brass Bazar, Walled City, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Derawar Fort | © Khalid Mir/Flickr   Derawar Fort

A visit to the Derawar Fort requires a three to four-hour long trip with a four-wheel vehicle, but those with a soft spot for military structures won’t regret the journey. Found in the middle of nowhere, miles into the Cholistan Desert , the awe-inspiring Derawar Fort, built in 1733, dominates the landscape, and is characterized by a unique ensemble of 40 massive, largely intact bastions set all along the four walls. The ramparts rise about 30 meters above the ground, and the fort has an impressive circumference of 1.5 kilometers. Visiting the fort’s interiors requires a special permission by local authorities, and may not be worth the trouble of going through such process: the imposing bastions are in fact the real attraction of this striking landmark. While on site, however, visitors might also enjoy taking a look at the nearby mosque, an almost exact replica of the Moti Mosque right outside Delhi’s Red Fort .

Derawar Fort, Derawar Fort Rd, Derawar Fort, Pakistan

 

Hiran Minar | © QadeemMusalman/Wikicommons   Hiran Minar

When a beloved pet dies, what people usually do to keep its memory alive is preserve pictures and maybe a few objects to remember it by. In 1606, when Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s pet deer died, he had a minaret built to commemorate it. The Hiran Minar (Deer Tower) is situated in the Pakistani city of Sheikhupura, which briefly enjoyed the status of a popular hunting ground in the early 1600s. One day, during a hunting session, Jahangir spotted a deer he wanted to kill, but mistakingly hit his favorite hunting deer, Mansraji, instead. Feeling guilty, the Emperor ordered the construction of the minaret. Almost thirty years later, the mausoleum was enriched with an adjoining, large water tank; in the middle of the tank lies a picturesque octagonal pavilion, connected to the mainland through an elevated walkway. A rare celebration of the love of man for animals, the Hiran Minar is an attractive sight that certainly deserves to be seen.

Hiran Minar, Sheikhupura, Pakistan

 

Lahore Fort | © Ahmed Sajjad Zaid/Flickr   Lahore Fort

The origins of the Lahore Fort, a stronghold in Old Lahore , are so ancient that it’s impossible to establish precisely when the fort was first constructed. It is known, however, that in the second half of the 16th century, the original mud-brick structure was demolished and rebuilt with burnt bricks. Since then, this fortified citadel has undergone numerous other modifications at the hands of almost all the rulers who reigned over Lahore, British colonialists included. As a result, it summarizes Pakistan’s amazing cultural heritage in the various artistic influences seen throughout its wide range of different buildings: mosques, mausoleums, palaces, audience halls, baths, watch towers, and more. A journey through Lahore Fort is in fact a journey through Pakistan’s past, and is for this reason recommended to anyone visiting the country.

Lahore Fort, Fort Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Badshahi Mosque | © lukexmartin/Flickr   Badshahi Mosque

The majestic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is one of the most stunningly beautiful sacred sites for Muslims. Built in 1673, this mosque was the world’s largest for over 300 years until the Faisal Mosque was completed in 1986. Its huge courtyard, which stretches over an area of 26,000 square meters, remains the biggest in the world, and can host up to 95,000 worshippers. The mosque’s external walls are clad with red sandstone panels, painstakingly sculptured with beautiful, lotiform motifs and embellished with marble inlays. As per tradition, the mosque has four minarets and three domes, the central one bigger than the other two. These are coated with white marble, which creates a striking contrast with the dominating red. Travelers welcomed into the mosque through a grand entrance gate will discover that inside the building isn’t any less breathtaking, with its cornucopia of arches, stucco tracery and frescoes which never fail to astonish.

Badshahi Mosque, Walled City, Lahore, Pakistan

 

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