Introduction to Chairing Cross :

Explore the cultural tapestry of Lahore through the lens of Charing Cross. Nestled on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, this bustling road intersection has witnessed the ebb and flow of history, transforming from the colonial-era Charing Cross to the present-day Faisal Chowk.

Chairing Cross to Faisal Chowk

1974 marked a significant shift when the Islamic Summit Minar was erected at the site, commemorating the 2nd Islamic Summit Conference. In 1981, Charing Cross was officially renamed Faisal Chowk, paying homage to King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Historical Roots:

Originally part of Donald Town, named after Lieutenant-Governor Sir Donald McLeod, Faisal Chowk emerged at the convergence of Queen’s, Montgomery, and Mall roads. The name Charing Cross , reminiscent of its London counterpart, was documented in G.R. Elmslie’s 1908 publication, “Thirty-Five Years in the Punjab.”

Architectural Marvels:

In 1901, a white marble pavilion graced the intersection, commemorating Queen Victoria’s jubilee as the first Empress of India. A bronze statue of Victoria, later moved to Lahore Museum, once adorned this pavilion. Post-1951, a model of the Quran replaced the statue.

Tour Attractions:

Join Gypsy Traces & Tours to embark on a journey through Lahore’s history at Chairing Cross. Uncover the evolution from colonial times, the architectural gems, and the intersection’s transformative renaming. Discover the vibrant heritage of this iconic Lahore landmark.