With the simple grace of its lines, its pleasing propotins and its airy spaciousness, the mosque, built by emperor Auragzeb in 1674(nearly thirty years after the great Mughal Mosques at Dehli and Agra), represents the very best of Mughal architecture. It is huge, walled square with the minarets at each corner and a monumental gate at the top of a broad flight of steps. the courtyard is paved with red sandstone -which gets very hot under bare feet in the summer. A square marble fontain stands in the the centre of the courtyard while an arcade of white arches lines its perimeter on the sides. The fourth side, opposite the gate is the prayer chamber, which is topped by three elegent marble domes. The celings inside the prayer chamber are decorated with carved plaster-work and floral fescos in subdued colours.
With special premission you can climb to the top of tthe one of the minarets for an excellent bird's eye view of the mosque, the fort opposite & the old city of Lahore. The minarets have 204 steps and exactly one-third as tall as the courtyard is wide.
In the rooms above the entrance gate are kept some hair of the Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h) and other reclics of his daughter Fatima and son-in-law Ali. In a room beside the gate is an exhibition of 30 embroidered Korans.
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.
everyone has to see this amazing piece of architecture. its superb.the design , the colourful layout, the sheer beauty of this mosque is mindblowing.oh yeh i kinda forgot its massive.if u can try to pray juma there then u'll know what im on about
It is the historical mosque and has an age of more than 4 hundred years.A must see place...
It was made by a Mughal ruler.Every tourist having his/her shoes taken off, can visit and enjoy the most beautiful mosque of Pakistan.Their is also a small historical museum their and everyone should see it.
It was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Lahore, Pakistan, and is the largest Mughal mosque and one of the best known landmarks in the Indian Subcontinent.
(last date visited - Jan. 9, 2004)
One of the largest mosques in the world!!! The open courtyard is said to be capable of holding at least 60,000 people!