Gora Qabaristan Lahore
Gora Qabaristan Lahore also known as Gora Cemetery, is located in Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is the most ancient Christian burial ground. The name, when translated, essentially means “white people’s graveyard.” In Urdu, ‘Gora’ is employed to refer to individuals with light skin or white people. It’s important to note that this term is not always used with derogatory intent and can simply denote the ethnicity or skin color of the people it describes.
This cemetery is situated next to Forman Christian College and was established during the British Raj in the Punjab Region as the principal burial ground in Lahore. There is also a Gora Qabaristan in Karachi.
Numerous prominent figures from the British colonial period and the early years of Pakistan are interred here, including Cecil Chaudhry, Geoffrey Langlands, Princess Bamba Sutherland, A.C. Woolner, and Alvin Robert Cornelius. The cemetery serves as the final resting place for many Christian residents of Lahore who made significant contributions to the city’s growth and development. This historic graveyard features striking graves adorned with artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries, with angel statues standing watch over these resting places.