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Frere Hall, Karachi

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Admire the fusion of British and sub-continent architecture built in mid 19th century at Frere Hall, known for its distinct Venetian-Gothic look and colonial heritage. The exterior's many pointed arches and ribbed vaults evoke feelings of grandiosity and mystery. The true showstopper is the Sadequain gallery's ceiling on the upper floor-- blues, reds, oranges, and yellows fill the room in intricate psychedelic patterns. The ground floor exhibits pre-Pakistani manuscripts and books, and the surrounding Jinnah garden offers an opportunity to relax in lush greenery. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Frere Hall by using our Karachi trip itinerary maker.
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The sprawling city of Karachi has a variety of accommodations able to cater to the relatively modest amount of international visitors it receives each year. By far the most popular place to stay lies close to the sea in South Karachi. This district contains two of the main middle class neighborhoods in the city, and a high proportion of its museums, venues, and restaurants. The main hotels sit over in the commercial districts close to the station, with some budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels sitting in their shadows.
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  • Visited the lace several times just because stayed in Marriott hotel that is just across the road. The old cathedrawl is really beautiful but during my stay it was not possible to get inside due to so...  more »
  • Close to our Avari Towers Hotel , a visit to Frere Hall gave a window into the grandeur of it colonial past. An elegant flight of steps to the entrance and a fine internal staircase provided opportuni...  more »
  • I frequently visit this Hall because of its British architecture and library. Activities, such as book fairs and food festivals are also hosted here. This place has so much potential as a historical s...  more »
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  • This is an awesome spot for outdoor shoots, me and my Wife had our wedding shoot almost a year after our wedding at this place, the historical landmark really stands out in city of Karachi. Construction is around 151 years old.
  • Serene place in the middle of a crazy busy mega metropolis! Lovely lawns and walk, quaint carriage ride, Sunday book fairs!
  • Heritage building. But now often used for functions and photoshoots. Recommended for family. Crowded during weekends
  • After Frere’s death, Frere Hall became a museum which attempts to include all the paintings and books from the British Colonial era. As of 2016, Frere Hall is still open for public and it is also one of the most important place for tourism because not only because of the building's notable architecture but also it carries a lot of information of British rule in Sub-Continent. Frere Halls is also one of the main buildings made by and for British in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.The Hall is ideally located in front of the Marriott hotel  and right next to Sindh club. It’s located between Haroon road (formerly Victoria Road) and Fatima Jinnah Road (formerly Bonus Road) and it’s also surrounded by American Embassy and Singapore Embassy. The area is also surrounded by a High Security zone because of the nearby embassies. It is located in civil lines locality of the town. It's surrounding area is sometimes with special permissions is rented out for festivals like Karachi eat festival etc.
  • Love the architecture. Good place for events and picnic.