Archaeologies

CHUMMAR-KHUN MOSQUE

Skardu Valley

The Chumarkhun mosque is situated on a small hill above the old Chumar-Khun (literally: iron town) settlement, one kilometers west of the Hyderabad village Didtrict Hunza. This Mosque is a site of religious importance.

Name:    Chumar-Khun Mosque

Period /Age:   200 years old

Location:   Chumar Khun, Hyderabad, Hunza

Ownership:   Community

Legal Status:   Not Protected

Cultural Heritage Type:  Religious Building

Documentation Date:  July 2005

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Significance:  The Chumarkhun Mosque is a site of religious importance. It is a small traditional mosque that embodies the traditional and historic mosque architecture of the region.


Site Description:    

This mosque is situated on a small hill above the old Chumar-Khun (literally: iron town) settlement, one kilometers west of the Hyderabad village. It consists of a small, square-shaped prayer room, surrounded by a verandah on two sides facing the east and the south. The mosque was built on a raised-stone masonry base, reinforced by wooden joints locally known as cators. The structure of the building itself is also framed by a timber cribbage and cator structure. There are windows with carved blinds on the northern and southern side of the mosque. The door frame at the entrance is impressive, boasting elaborately carved patterns, likely of a Central Asian origin. It has a flat wooden roof with a projected parapet wall, as well as a carved fascia board and Jafferies on the verandahs. The communal sitting space is located next to the mosque.


Salient Features: 

The mosque is a majestic sight within the Chumar-Khun settlement. Its richly carved door frames and windows are visually impressive, and it consists of a traditional cribbage and cator structure.


State of Conservation: 

This mosque was restored by the AKCS-P (Aga Khan Cultural Service-Pakistan) in 1998-99 and is now used by the community as a maktab (religious school). The communal sitting space, immediately adjacent to the mosque, has also been restored for a better integration of the mosque with its surroundings. The local community contributed unskilled labor, while AKCS-P provided funds for material and technical assistance. This well-maintained mosque is being looked after by the community through the Ismaili imam’s Estate Office in Karachi. 

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