While dubbed as the City of Gardens, Lahore can also lay claim to another element of its heritage that lends diversity and beauty to its lifestyle and culture. This is the sight of beautiful Christian Houses of Prayer - the old Churches of Lahore that symbolise history, architecture and interfaith harmony. The Cathedral Church of Resurrection commonly referred to by Lahoris as Kukar Girja because of a weather cock that was mounted on one of the highest points of its roof, was built on the Mall in 1887, opposite to what is now the Punjab High Courts. Made of pink sandstone, it depicts the neo-Gothic style of architecture and was designed by John Oldrid Scott, son of the famous architect George Gilbert Scott. In 1898, two towers with tall steeples were added to the building, but were taken down as a safety measure after the earthquake of 1911. The bells for the church were cast in England by John Taylor & Company in 1903, but out of the original eight, only six were received and installed in the belfry. The largest of these bells weighs a ton and when tolled caused vibration in the foundations. It was perhaps the melodious sing song pealing of these bells that was heard across the Lahore of yore, a mention of which was made in one of my earlier columns titled Aah Lahore. The Cathedral is known for a rare St Tomass Cross, also referred to as the Taxila Cross, so-called because it was discovered in Taxila, and later erected inside the building. The structure is also well known for its stained glass windows, pipe organ, and a clock that dates back to 1862. Sacred Heart Cathedral also commonly referred to by Lahoris as St Anthony ka Girja Ghar was consecrated as a Catholic House of Prayer on November 19, 1907, and was designed in the Roman Byzantine style by Dr Dubbeleere, a Belgian architect. Its centenary celebrations were marked by the release of a commemorative postage stamp by the Government of Pakistan. Unfortunately, the bombing of the nearby FIA building on Temple Road in 2008, blew out 10 of its irreplaceable and priceless stained glass windows. The Railway Church, popularly known as the Church of St Andrew, was constructed in 1899, near the Lahore Railway Station, for Christian railway employees. The building reflects the neo-Gothic style of architecture. St Josephs Church in Lahore Cantonment is located on what is now Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road. This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Lahore, and was blessed in October 1853 to serve the needs of Catholics in the British army. The Naulakha Presbyterian Church was established in 1853 by Rev John H. Morrison and Mrs Anna William Morrison, two American Presbyterian missionaries of the American Presbyterian Council; it is the same organisation that founded the Rang Mahal Mission High School and the Forman Christian College. The church building went through some minor alterations in 1891 to accommodate a larger congregation, and more renovation and alteration work in 1936. Anarkalis Tomb located within the compound of the Punjab Civil Secretariat on Lower Mall was built, as a memorial to the love-legend, centring around Prince Salim (later Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, a beautiful member of the female retinue of Emperor Akbar, Salim's father. Offended by the affair, Akbar ordered Anarkali to be interred alive in a masonry wall. On accession to the throne in 1605, Jehangir had a structure raised over the sepulchre. In the first half of 19th century, the building served as the residence of Ranjit Singh's French General Jean Baptiste Ventura's Armenian wife. From 1847, it was used as the workplace of the first British Resident, Sir Henry Lawrence. It became a venue for Christian Services in 1851, and was consecrated as St James Church in late 1857. Currently, the building is being used as the Punjab Archives. It is the sight of Pakistans Christian community entering and leaving their places of worship, which lends hope and comfort to those that live by Muhammad Ali Jinnahs vision of Pakistan. It is then that one hears a thunderous voice saying: If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this state with equal rights, privileges and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make. The writer is a freelance columnist.