ISLAMABAD: Google has continued its customary annual traditions and celebrated Pakistan’s 69th Independence Day with a doodle. It is the fifth consecutive year in which the tech-giant has posted one of its customized logos.
This year’s doodle is arguably the most elegant of the lot.
This year the inspiration comes from the amazing Lahore Fort, locally referred to as Shahi Qila. It is a citadel in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in the northwestern corner of the Walled City of Lahore in Iqbal Park.
Origins of the fort extend far into antiquity but the existing base structure was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1556–1605 and was regularly upgraded by subsequent Mughal, Sikh and British rulers. It has two gates.
Early colour exploration of Alamgir Gate by Robinson Wood
One of the gates built by Aurangzeb is called Alamgiri gate that opens towards Badshahi mosque and another older gate built by Akbar is called Maseeti or Masjidi gate that opens towards Maseeti area of Walled city.
Currently Alamgiri Gate is used as the principal entrance while Maseeti Gate is permanently closed. The fort manifests the rich traditions of Mughal architecture. Some of the famous sites inside the fort include Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha Pavilion, and Moti Masjid.
In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Shalimar Gardens. The Pakistan Pavilion at Expo 2010 is designed as a replica of the fort.
In case you’ve forgotten, the last year’s doodle represented Pakistan Monument in Islamabad, which represents a blooming flower. Below the animated landmark lies the golden Google logo.
The monument in question represents the four provinces through its bigger ‘petals’, while the three smaller ones depict Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the FATA. When looked from above, it depicts a crescent and star.
The glorious design of Pakistan Monument was presented by Arif Masood. It was completed in 2007 at an estimated cost of more than Rs. 580 million. Co-incidentally, Islamabad, the place where this landmark is located may also be the setting of a number of notable incidents later in the summer. We’re just saying.
Google Doodle on 14th August, 2013
May Allah give us the capability to realize the importance of independence, and the responsibility which comes along with it.
Happy Independence day to everyone!