Sethi House Peshawar, a historical building of the British era is being transformed into a full-fledged museum by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Sethi house is a great historical structure with distinctive architectural values and eye-catching wood craftsmanship that has started attracting tourists.
About Sethi House
Sethi House is situated in a small alleyway called Sethi Mohalla near the historic Ghanta Ghar in Peshawar, about a ten-minute walk from the bustling Qissa Khawani bazaar. The building is mainly divided into three parts: tehkhana (basement), Dalan (courtyard), and Balakhana (first floor). It is a masterpiece of architecture that reminds visitors of the greatness of the past. A wealthy Sethi family started the construction of this house in 1835 and it was finally completed after 49 years, in 1884. Two generations of laborers took part in the construction of the Sethi house.
The Sethi family, known for their work in the wood and furniture industries and whose trade reached Central Asia, introduced new innovations in the design of homes, mansions, and other structures, as is clear from the Sethi House, demonstrating their unmatched architectural talent and ardent devotion to Muslim art and architecture. After moving from Jehlum Punjab to Peshawar in the early 19th century, Sethi Karim Bakhsh built the masterpiece at Mohallah Sethian (also known as “Sathian da mohallah”) where approximately seven mansions were built in almost the same style, signifying an affluent Sethis passion for estheticism.
Location of Sethi House
How Sethi Became a Museum?
Sethi House was bought by the KP Government in 2006 in consideration of its exquisite architectural design and illustrious past. After completion of the reconstruction and repair work, the Archeology and Museums Department converted it into a museum in 2010 and opened it to the public.
Development at Sethi Mohallah
Sethi House’s conservation was achieved under the Cultural Heritage Trail Project (CHTP) in Peshawar and completed by the PTI Government. To restore Peshawar’s original magnificence as the oldest city in South Asia, the 500-meter-long trail from the ancient Ghanta Ghar to Gor Gathri had been refurbished under the CHTP. This trail included centuries-old buildings and homes.
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