Great Badshahi Mosque (Royal Mosque) was built in 1673 by the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir who ruled india from 1658 to 1707 AD. This mosque is built with Red Stone. Construction is very unique Eastern type. It remained the largest Mosques in the world for more than 300 years (Since its construction in 1673 till 1986) when Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan became largest mosque. Now it is Second Largest Mosque in Pakistan & 5th Largest in the world. It can accommodate 100,000 worshipers at a time.
It is situated near Minar-e-Pakistan and in fornt of Shahi Qila (Royal Forte).
Its design is a mixture of Islamic, Indian, Persian & Central Asia design. It resembles with Jama Masjid Dehli (India), which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan (Aurngzeb Alamgir's Father). Badshahi Mosque is larger than Jama Masjid Dehli. One should must see this beautiful Mosque. It contains a lot of interest for Architecture students.
There is a small museum inside the main Entrance, on first floor of Eastern Corridor, established by Government of Pakistan. It contains relics of Prophet Muhammad SAW, his Son in Law Hazrat Ali RA & daughter Hazrat Farima RA.
The garden between Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort & Badshahi Masjid is called "Hazuri Bagh". The central rectangular Marble structure in this garden (with 3 doorways on each side) is "Hazuri Bagh Baradari". It is also called "Ranjit Singh's Baradari", because both Hazuri Bagh & this Baradari were built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, first Maharaja of the Sigh Empire.
Baradari is a rectangular building with 12 doorways, 3 on each side.
Badshahi Mosque was built in 1673 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and is considered as one of the world's biggest mosques. It can accommodate more than 50,000 people at a time.
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Just on the left side of the steps of Badshahi Mosque is the tomb of great muslim scholar & philosopher Hazrat Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Allama Iqbal, who is know as "Poet of the East", is the real thinker behind Pakistan movement. It was His vision of Independent Muslim State. He was born on 09-Nov-1877 & died on 21-April-1938.
Tomb is a simple but striking rectangular building made up of Red Stone. Hundreds of people come daily for saying Fatiha & paying respect to this great scholar.
Visit the magnificent moghul mosque. The museum contains a turban and hair of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), a turban of Hazrat Ali (ra) and other incredibly moving items for Muslims. A museum from the heavens.
The environs within and around the fort and mosque areas are quite plush. Well laid out and trimmed gardens where you can relax and bask in the lovely sunshine away from the polluted city traffic.
Its a new area to picnic in the late afternoons.
Visit the fabulous Badshahi (Royal) Mosque. This used to be the largest mosque in the sub-continent.
The picture shows the inner pavillion an open prayer area with an ablution or cleansing water area in the middle.
:: BADSHAHI MOSQUE
The Royal or the Badshahi Mosque is across the courtyard from Alamgiri Gate of the Lahore Fort. The Mosque, which is made up entirely of red sand-stone was built by Emperor Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughals, in a record time of two and-a-half years. Its construction was completed by 1674 A.D. It has a beautiful gate-way which measures 21.33 metres in length and a courtyard that measures 161.5 x 160.6 metres and is said to be the largest mosque courtyard in the world for outdoor prayers. The marble domes cover seven prayer chambers. Four lofty minarets stand at the four corners of the mosque, each with an outer circumference of 20 metres, soaring up to 54 metres. In the chambers above the Gate of the mosque, are housed relics attributed to the Holy Prophet of Islam Peace be upon him, His Daughter and His son-in-law and are said to have been brought to the South Asia by Amir Taimur. Within the Mosque almost all the colours have been used for painting the floral designs but the overall effect remains one of sobriety, piousness and simplicity.
This is a very beautiful mosque.
We were privileged to be allowed to see the relics of the Prophet.
Although it was only March, the courtyard was baking hot, and very uncomfortable to walk on without shoes.
Completed in 1674 under Aurangzeb s the Mughals last great Mosque the incredible Mosque opposite the gateway to the Lahore Fort is one of the worlds largest mosques. The huge gateways, massive minarets and built with red sandstone is supposed to hold nearly 100,000 people. The rooms above the main gate hold several items from the Prophet Mohammed such as his hair and shoes. In 1991 the mosque grabbed international headlines when hardline mullahs protested at the visit of Princess Diana because she was given a Quran although she was wearing a mini skirt in the mosque. In the courtyard stands the tomb of Allama Mohammed Iqbal who was the philospher poet who in the 1930s pushed for the idea of an independant Pakistan. The Badshahi Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings on the subcontinent.
This is one of the largest historical mosques in the world and the courtyard is said to be able to accommodate 40,000 worshippers!
Photo shows Khurram Chohan (then a rising national cricketeer) who's keen on practicing his English by speaking to tourists and showing them around the gorgeous red-bricked mosque.
This is within the same grounds as the Lahore Fort, so make sure you plan PLENTY of time to do both of these things. Seeing the inside of the Masjid won't take so long really, but walking around and taking pictures of the outside could prove to be a little while if you like that sort of thing. You pay only 10 rupees if you drive your own car into the grounds and that is for both the Masjid and the Fort.
In pic you can see the front of the Masjid. As you will enter the masjid this is what you will see. Three BIG domes of marble around 500-600 yrs old !
In this picture u can see Usama (xest) and Matthew (zinneke) on Friday in Badshahi masjid's huge courtyard where approximately 100,000 people can pray together and its usually full on Eid's.
This was a memorable day ! Matthew, zinneke on VT, was really excited to visit this beautiful masjid here in Lahore. Before this day, he had only seen the pics of it on internet and in guide books and once he saw it from his own eyes, he kept looking at it and trying to get everything into his eyes. He loved being here. Interesting we planned it such that we visit this masjid on Friday which is the best day to visit a masjid because its the most holy day in islam and most of the people come to pray in the afternoon. so we went there together with another VTer Usama, xest on VT, and said the prayer. The whole experience was amazing !
The Badshai Masjid is opposite the Lahore fort. It was greatly expanded by Aurangzeb, and was intended to rival the Red Fort in Delhi. It is one of the largest mosques in Pakistan, and at one point may have been the largest in the world.
The mosque has the classical structure of a mosque with a large courtyard, and a prayer hall at the end facing Mecca. During the summer, the bricks in the courtyard can get extremely hot, but luckily there are mats soaked in water for people to walk on. Within the mosque there are certain rooms that contain ancient Islamic relics, such as the hairs of the Prophet Muhammad.
Non-Muslims are allowed into the fort, but proper dress must be worn. Anything deemed improper will disallow you from entering, even shorts would be considered inappropriate.
The mosque fell into disrepair during the British Raj, but the Pakistani government seems to be working to keep it in good shape. For such an old building, it's in impressive shape, and has classical Mughal architecture and design.
Admission is free, as it is a mosque where prayers are held. But if you don't want your shoes to get stolen (you cant wear them inside), you'll have to pay a porter at the door.
Ironically, it usually seems to have more tourists than worshippers, although it is packed during the large Islamic festivals such as Eid.