Islamabad is a governmental center of Pakistan, a large cultural region and an attractive destination for rest. The building of the city started in 1960 in the middle of an absolute desert. It took just several decades to turn a lifeless steppe into a modern megalopolis. A famous Greek architect worked over the creation of the city. Islamabad was thoroughly planned and so it doesn’t look like the majority of Middle East towns with their narrow labyrinth like streets.
There is a large number of wonderful places in Islamabad. Shah Faisal Mosque is the most interesting sight from architectural and religious points of view. The walls of this building have enough space for up to 70 thousand of people. Garden of Roses and Jasmine remains the most beautiful place of the city. Besides flower beds the park is decorated by wonderful fountains, statues and decorative bushes.
On the territory of the city are also located several lakes. The biggest ones of them are Lotus Lake, Raval and Simli. Just like any Middle East city, Islamabad has rich choice of trading squares and markets – Abpara Market, Melody Market, Covered Market, Juma Bazar, and Jinnah Market. Among cultural facilities of the city the most notable ones are Lok Virsa Museum, Pakistan Museum of Natural History and Islamabad Museum.