Javed Manzil

Javed Manzil
جاوید منزل

Javed Manzil Front view
Location within Pakistan
General information
Type Public monument
Location Lahore, Pakistan
Country Pakistan
Coordinates 31°34′6.85″N 74°20′25.76″E / 31.5685694°N 74.3404889°E / 31.5685694; 74.3404889Coordinates: 31°34′6.85″N 74°20′25.76″E / 31.5685694°N 74.3404889°E / 31.5685694; 74.3404889
Completed 1935
Cost 42,025 British Indian Rupees
Design and construction
Architect Mohammad Iqbal

The Javed Manzil or the Allama Iqbal Museum is a national monument and museum in Lahore, Pakistan.[1] Muhammad Iqbal lived there for three years, and died there.[2] It was listed as a Tentative UNESCO site, and was protected under the Punjab Antiquities Act of 1975,[3] and declared a Pakistani national monument in 1977. In honour of Iqbal, a Pakistani national poet,[4] it was converted into a museum, inaugurated in December 1984.[2]


The museum is located on the McLeod Road (present-day Allama Iqbal Road) in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1]


The building's construction was undertaken by Iqbal, to serve as his residence. The building was European in style and was completed in 1935. The cost of construction was 42,025 British Indian Rupees.[1] The site was built on a plot purchased by Iqbal in 1934 for Rs. 25,025, covering an area of 7 kanals, 31,500 square feet (2,930 m2). Iqbal named the residence "Javed Manzil" after his son Javid Iqbal.[5] Of all Iqbal's residences in Lahore, only the Javed Manzil belonged to him.[6]

Conversion to a museum

On 10 May 1961 the Government of Pakistan announced plans to convert the site into a museum to preserve Iqbal's belongings and the display of his famous works and manuscripts. The Pakistani government bought the residence from Iqbal's son for 3.5 million (equivalent to 11 million or US$110,000 in 2013).[2] The museum covers the historical period from 1877 to 1938, and contains handwritten drafts of Iqbal's works, photographs, certificates, awards and medals and educational degrees. Javid Iqbal also donated six hundred objects belonging to his father to the museum. There is also a library and nine galleries in the museum.[1] The museum was renovated and was inaugurated in December 1984 by Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.[2]

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  2. 1 2 3 4 "From Javed Manzil to Iqbal Museum". The Nation. 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. "Situational Analysis on Culture in The Four Provinces of Pakistan". unesco.org.pk. August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. Allama Iqbal Museum; Taswir Husain Hamidi (1977). Allama Iqbal Museum (Javed Manzil) Lahore: A National Monument Dedicated to the Memory of Allama Iqbal During the Centenary Year 1977. The Museum.
  5. "Around town: Iqbal Museum: A walk down history`s lane". Dawn. 25 April 2009. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  6. Pakistan Pictorial. Pakistan Publications. 1991. p. 78.
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