Sun. Dec 6th, 2020

9 fascinating ancient symbols found in the Shigar Fort, Baltistan

The Shigar Fort, locally called the Phong Khar, or the fort on the rock, is a major tourist attraction in the Baltistan region, along with the towering mountains and vast glaciers. It is believed to have been constructed in the 17th century by the then ruler belonging to the Amacha Dynasty.

An interesting aspect of the Fort’s history is that symbols of various religious groups are engraved on its wooden beams at different locations inside the residential palace.

Nine of those symbols are being presented here, to show that the region which is now home to a 100 percent Muslim population was once heavily influenced in the past by other faiths and philosophy groups, or at least the architects were.

Serpent

Doves
Birds
Wheel
Wheel
Wheel
Wheel
Swastika
Swastika covered by a square engraved in the middle of a regular polygon
Pyramid
Pyramid made of pyramids
Floral Wheel
Floral Wheel
F
Complex pattern 
Ta
Circle within a circle, with repetitive 9/6 figure 

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