Masjid Wazir Khan (Mosque of Wazir Khan), Lahore
Wazir Khan Mosque is situated in Old city near Dehli Gate. It was built by Wazir Kahn, Governor of Lahore, in the period of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Wazir Khan's actual name was Hakim Shaikh Ilmuddin Ansari, but he was famous by former name.
Mosque was completed in Seven Years. Construction started in 1634 AD & completed in 1641. It is famous for its marvelous faience tile work. Outstanding architectural features are its octagonal four corner minarets 107 feet high decorated with mosaic tiles.
In the courtyard lies tomb of Syed Muhammad Ishaq. A saint from from Iran who settled in Lahore during Tughlak dynasty. Therefore tomb is older than mosque. Beautiful Pigeons flying in the courtyard area increase the beauty of mosque.
To reach this mosque you have to walk through the crowded old city outside the walls of the Lahore Fort. You can probably spot some of the mosque's minarets as you walk. The area is badly encroached, but dont let that put you off. This mosque has the most beautiful decorated inlaid tiles... yellow, green, blue... its worth the effort.
The unique Mosque is decorated with glazed mosaics and is one of the most beautiful in Pakistan. It was built in 1634 by Hakim Ali-ud-din(popularly known as Wazir Khan), from Chiniot, governer of Punjab under Shahjahan. The mosque is made of brick and faced with brightly coloured glazed tile mosaics of Mughal floral designs on the clear yellow background. All the paintings are carefully restored by the few remaining Islamic craftmen in Pakistan.
In the centre, at the front of the mosque, is the Muslim Credo. and in panels along the facade are verses from the Koran.The prayer hall has five chambers, each surmounted by a dome.Octagonal minarets stand at each corner ot the courtyard. The custodian will unlock one so you can climbv upto 60 steps to the Muezzin,s gallery for the excellent view of the old Lahoer city. The grave in the countryard belongs to Syed Muhammad Ishaq, or Miran Shah, a saint who diede in the 14th century
Wazir Khan's Mosque is in the old city, 300 meters from Delhi Gate. This unique mosque is one of the most beautiful in Pakistan.
It was built in 1634 by Hakim Ali-ud-din, popularly known as Wazir Khan, who was governor of the area during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Mosque is justifiably famous for the colorful fresco and tile decoration which adorn both interior and exterior of the building.