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Chandigarh Historical Places, one of India’s first planned cities, was built in 1960. Designed by Swiss and French architects Le Corbusier, the city features urban design and architecture. However, this does not mean that there is a shortage of historically important places. There are several historic buildings in and around the city that are worth exploring the moment you leave your Chandigarh hotel. 

Looking for a place to experience the city’s monumental architecture and relive its cultural heritage?  Below is a list of must-see Historic Sites in Chandigarh. 

1. Chandigarh, Fort Burial  

Fort Burial is located in the center of the city and is a legacy of the Mughal Empire. It was the fortress of the Mughal general until 1712, but due to his oppressive actions against the people, he was killed by members of the Khalsa army at the command of their commander Bandashin Bahadur.  Today, the fort is a neglected and destroyed structure that reminds us of its past. One of the forgotten historic sites in Chandigarh,  Shahidi Kirasahibgurdwara is located on its premises. This place of worship was built to commemorate the Sikh warriors who died in the battle with the generals here. 

chandigarh sector 45 Fort Burial

 Location: Chandigarh Sector 45 

2. Manimajra Fort, Chandigarh Sector 13

With a history of more than 360 years, the Manimajra Fort is one of the most important forts in Chandigarh. It may not be on the list of the most spectacular fort in terms of structure and size, but it was popular with tourists and history lovers after appearing in the Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty. The fort creates an old-world charm that attracts visitors. 

Manimajra Fort, Chandigarh Sector 13

Location: Chandigarh, Manila 

3. Capitol Complex, Chandigarh 

If all you’re looking for is a date, Capitol Complex may not qualify as one of Chandigarh’s historic sites. However, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016 to celebrate the architectural brilliance of Le Corbusier, the architect who planned the city of Chandigarh.  The complex has some of the best examples of Le Corbusier’s work, including the Punjab and Haryana offices, the High Court, and the Parliament. Impressive monuments such as the Martyrs’ Monument, Shadow Tower, Geometric Hill, Rock Garden, and Famous Open Hand are also part of this complex.  

Capitol Complex, Chandigarh

Location: Sector 1, Chandigarh 

 

4. Le Corbusier Center in Chandigarh 

As the name implies, the Le Corbusier Center is dedicated to the architect who gave the city of Chandigarh a planned look. This center is where the architect and his team once planned the design of the entire city. Today, you can get a glimpse of the architect’s heritage through his research materials, writings, and other works preserved here. Interestingly, the building was not designed by Le Corbusier, but by his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. 

Le Corbusier Center in Chandigarh 

Location:  Old Architect Building in Chandigarh, Sector 19B 

5. Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh 

The Municipal Museum of Art and the Museum was created by the 1947 division. When the country was divided into India and Pakistan, the rich collection of crafts in the Central Museum of Lahore was also divided into two countries. This division took place in 1948, and the items that became the share of India were first stored in Amritsar, then Shimla, then Patiala, and finally  Chandigarh.  The museum was designed by Le Corbusier and opened to the public on  May 6, 1968. Among the many collections contained here are Gandhi sculptures, stone sculptures, decorative works of art, manuscripts, and textiles. 

 

Government Museum and Art Gallery

Location: Sector 10C, Chandigarh 

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