Singing tales of the glorious Mughal era, Badshahi Mosque Lahore – a wonder of Pakistan, serves as a landmark even after 351 years.
Welcoming the general public from 8 am to 8 pm, which is the timing of Badshahi Mosque, this marvel located in the glorious ‘androon Lahore’ remains one of the top destination spots for tourists looking to experience one of the most prominent eras through architecture.
A Glance at Badshahi Mosque History
Located in the capital of Punjab, Lahore, the Badshahi Masjid has been the largest in the Islamic world, constructed in Mughals between the years 1671-1673 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
A glimpse at Badshahi Mosques history; The mosque was not used for worship for a long time after its construction. It served as a training ground for the soldiers when the Sikhs took control and came into power. Soon after, in the 1840s, the Britishers gained control of the mosque after war broke out with the Sikhs – using the sacred place as a military and training ground.
After a few years, Muslims had been given control of the mosque to continue their religious practice.
In imperial vision the eminence of the Badshahi Mosque was that it was designed and constructed just a hundred meters towards the west side of Lahore fort. A special gate named as “Alamgiri” gate facing the mosque at the fort was added, the space in between the mosque and the gate was used as a parade ground by Aurangzeb where he used to evaluate and review his troops.
Turning the page forward, here are some reasons why the Badshahi masjid, Lahore is a wonder of Pakistan.
Architecture and Design
The material that is used in Mughal architecture quite depends on type of construction and region. in many other areas of Pakistan, many buildings that were made of material that is less permanent could not survive. The material that distinguishes and stands out in reference to the Mughal architecture is deep red hard stone.
If you are enthralled and interested by architecture of historical buildings, Pakistan is the place where you can cater to your love for art and cultural inquisitiveness.
The beautiful Badhshahi Mosque architecture puts forward a question who built Badshahi Mosque Lahore?
Badshahi Mosque was built by the prominent politician and foremost Muslim leader Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur, he was called on as the architect of the uniquely designed mosque – that topped as the largest mosque in the world for 313 years.
The mosque’s interior represents a Persian touch – translated through the intricately carved paneling’s that catch the visitor’s attention at the entrance. Due to its unique and well built structure, Badshahi Mosque pics and infrastructure are still studied in art and architectural schools.
The grand Badshahi Mosque’s courtyard can accommodate up to 100,000 people.
If you have ever visited Lahore, then you may have been able to spot the mosque because of the four octagonal three-story minarets – four major and four minor, erected at the corners of the mosque.
Each minaret has a height of 176 feet and 4 inches and has been crowned with a marble canopy at the top.
Museum of the Mosque
Holding several wonders to itself, the Badshahi Mosque also houses a museum, which makes not only significant for tourists visiting the grandeur architecture, and also culturally and religiously important for the people of Pakistan.
The museum located at the mosque entrance is known to preserve the hair strands of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and His son-in-law Hazrat Ali (RA). This holds religious importance for Muslims and they keep an emotional attachment towards it.
The Mughal Emblem
The mosque’s main hall serving as the central prayer hall has been embellished with red sandstone, differentiating the prayer hall from the rest.
Another thing that ignites the charm of this hall is the ‘Mughal Floral Frescoes’, which are embellished in the ceilings of the prayer hall. The walls of the prayer hall have been engraved with different verses of the Quran. The hall is divided into seven parts using multi-foiled arches and heavy pillars. The architect of the building was designed to show the boldness and majesty of the founder, Emperor Aurangzeb.
Located in the historical city – Lahore, the prominent Badshahi Mosque promises an amazing experience for the tourists. It has been a place to worship and one of the biggest tourist attractions. The charm of this mosque has attracted many politicians and celebrities, including Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on their tours to Pakistan.
Badshahi Mosque built by the Mughals is the epitome of Mughal architecture. For many years Lahore, “Mughal city of Gardens” has been a central hub for South Asia. It is the 14th most popular country in the world because of its rich history. The beauty of Lahore is not only restricted to the Mughal buildings, it comprises of various other such infrastructures that make it unique than any other city.
One thing that attracts tourists to Lahore all across the world is the vestige of the time when Rajputs and Sikhs ruled the city. Therefore Lahore is named as the cultural capital of Pakistan. Pakistan’s border with India lines at Lahore, this happens to be another main aspect of it being one of the most significant cities in Pakistan.
Many people visit the border on events such as Independence day 14th of August and Pakistan National Day 23rd of March.
Restaurants nearby Badshahi Mosque give a great view of the mosque with an amazing food especially at night and adds up as an attraction for the tourists and general public. The newly opened food street just beside Badshahi Mosque comprises of restaurants like haveli, Cooco’s den, Shahi Bawarchikhana, fort view, Andaaz restaurant and many other with roof top sitting so that the tourists get an clear view of the mosque while enjoying Pakistani plus continental food. The last Mughal monument built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in close vicinity of the Lahore Fort, Minar-e-Pakistan, Sheesh Mahal and Wazir Khan Mosque. In short, Badshahi Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan.