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Bahawal Haleem Tomb

The tomb of Baha’al-Halim stands in the northwest corner of Uch Sharif on a low hillside.

The tombs stand in a state of partial ruin, as major flooding in 1817 caused the collapse of the west side of the tomb and damaged those nearby as well.

The tomb is built of fired bricks on an octagonal base with turrets at each corner of the octagon. A single dome was raised above on a smaller octagonal drum with arched windows. Even though the tomb has partially collapsed, its symmetrical design makes it straightforward to visualize its original layout. The layout of the tomb is quite similar to that of the mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan, which was built between 1320 and 1324. Although this design appears common today, the tomb of Rukn-e-Alam and its successors at Uch Sharif were among the first tombs with an octagonal base built on the subcontinent. The exterior is enlivened with bands of blue, white, and azure faience made of glazed tiles. The tomb requires active ongoing conservation to shore up and stabilize the remaining walls, turrets, and decorative features.