Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Abbottabad of British Raj era dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this page.
Abbottabad, the capital of the Abbottabad District, is located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 50 km from Islamabad and 150 km from Peshawar at an altitude of 1,260 metres (4,134 ft). The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and military establishments. Pakistan Military Academy is also located here.
Brief History: The town of Abbottabad, under the British Raj, was the headquarters of the Hazara District. It was named after Major James Abbott who founded Abbottabad in January 1853 after the annexation of Punjab. He remained the first Deputy Commissioner of the Hazara district from 1849 until April 1853.
In May 2011, Abbottabad gained worldwide attention when U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in his compound in the city. In February 2012, Pakistani authorities demolished the compound.
City of Abbottabad at Night
A Night View of Abbottabad City
Another Beautiful View of Abbottabad City at Night with Snow Covered Mountains at the Background
An Aerial view of Abbottabad City and Valley
Another Aerial View of Abbottabad Valley
Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad
PMA, 3rd Pakistan Battalion, Tobe Camp Kakul – 1972. Photo taken by Maj Farooq Rana in 1972.
PMA Drill Square at Kakul, Abbottabad
Passing Out Parade at PMA, Kakul, Abbottabad
PMA Gymnasium, Kakul, Abbottabad
A Road in Abbottabad
Hill Behind Baloch Centre, Abbottabad. The slogan “Ghazi ya Shaheed, Home of Balochis” written on the hill.
Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad. Ilyasi Mosque was built in 1932 on a natural spring. It was initially built on a smaller piece of land but now it is spread over five kanals. People throng this historical mosque to see its beautiful structure, drink the water of the stream and enjoy the yummy pakoras and tasty fish from a nearby hotel. This place has become a sort of picnic spot for the locals and the visitors from other cities.
Natural Fountain of Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad. This is the Natural Fountain of Ilyasi Masjid. Back in the 1960s it was a natural pool which had lot of fish.
Panoramic View of Ilyasi Mosque, Abbottabad
An Old Photo of Ilyasi Mosque, Nawan Shehr, Abbottabad
Mona Lisa Restaurant, Abbottabad
Commissioner’s House, Abbottabad
Town Hall, inside Municipal Gardens, Abbottabad
Jalal Baba Auditorium. Jalal Baba auditorium, located in the cantonment area of Abbottabad, was built in 1993. The building complex consists of an auditorium that can hold up to 500-700 people, a public library, Abbasin Arts Council, Abbottabad Development Authority, a computer literacy department and a National Book Foundation Centre. It also has a Karate Club.
Ghora Chowk (Horse Intersection), Abbottabad
Abbottabad Cricket Ground
Pakistan Uzbekistan Friendship House, Prince Bokhara’s Palace, Abbottabad
Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad
Another Photo of Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad
Swiss Villa of the pastor of Saint Luke’s Church, Abbottabad. This Swiss Villa was built in 1860. One can also see the endangered Labanese cedar trees in the photo.
Historic Villa of Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Sahib, near District Jail, Abbottabad. Photo by Environmentalist.
Front View of District Jail, Abbottabad. Photo by Environmentalist.
19th Century Bungalow of Civil Surgeon of Hazara, Civil Lines, Abbottabad. Please see black stone masonry, lime mortar, bay windows, dormer windows, unique roof and chiseled stone chimney of this old building. Works Department had declared it “dangerous” since many years and it must have been demolished by now. Photo by Environmentalist.
U.S. Helicopter in Osama Bin Laden’s Compound, Abbottabad
Osama Bin laden Compound, Abbottabad–02 May 2011
Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad
Garden of Ayub Medical Complex, Abbottabad
Frontier Medical College, Abbottabad
Army Burn Hall College for Boys, Abbottabad
An Aerial View of Army Burn Hall College for Boys, Abbottabad
Abbottabad Public School
BISE (Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education), Abbottabad
Pine Hills Public School
Forest Rest House at Thandiani, Abbottabad. Photo by SaffyH – Uploading Iceland Photo’s. Thandiani, a hill station (Height: about 9000 feet), is located 31 kilometres from Abbottabad city. Here a Sanatorium and various other facilities were set up during the British rule, mostly for the convenience of missionaries, Anglican church personnel and officers stationed at Abbottabad cantonment. It also contained some private European houses, a camping ground, a small bazaar, and the small church of St Xavier.
Saint Xavier Church, Thandiani, Abbottabad, Pakistan
Dilapidated Condition of Saint Xavier Church at Thandiani, Abbottabad
A Bridge near Havelian, Abbottabad
Abbottabad in 1970. Tonga going towards Mona Lisa Restaurant and Lady Gordon’s Garden. Just observe that there are no vehicles on the road and the clump of trees have lined the road. Photo taken from outside the MES Office. Photo by Environmentalist.
Polo Ground of FF Regiment at Abbottabad, 1938
An Old Photo of Cantt Bazar, Abbottabad
An Old Photo of Abbottabad – 1930. Photo by Environmentalist.
An Old Photo of Abbottabad City, 1880-90
Another Old Photo of Abbottabad
An old View of Abbottabad, 1892
A Bungalow at Abbottabad in 1880s. Photo by richardasplen.
A Very Rare Photo of Abbottabad
Rare Photo of Main Bazar, Abbottabad in 1875
An English Bungalow at Abbottabad, 1875
General View of Abbottabad Valley in 1860s
Sketch of Abbottabad Valley – 1860s. It is the sketch of above photo.
Captain Mackenzie’s House at Abbottabad- 1865
An Rare photo of Abbottabad in 1863
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