Emperor's Mosque in Lahore

Emperor's Mosque in Lahore
Emperor's Mosque in Lahore

This Emperor or Badshahi Mosque in the city of Lahore, is one of the greatest monuments of historical and artistic heritage in Pakistan, and one of the main monuments of the Mughal Empire, which at its height, between the 16th and 17th centuries, spread across Pakistan, almost all of India, part of Bangladesh, parts of Afghanistan and Iran, in addition to the current territories of Nepal or Bhutan.

Emperor Mosque in Lahore

Emperor's Mosque in Lahore

A cultural one, the Mughal, whose emblems are two great Indian monuments, both of a funerary nature such as the Taj Mahal and the Humayun Tomb. However, in Lahore, in Pakistan, both a religious building, such as this mosque, and another military construction stand out from that historical moment. Because right in front of the Emperor's Mosque is the great Lahore Fort.

The mosque was built in 1673, and since then it has been one of the most important temples in the country, and that for a time it was seriously affected. This was due to the fact that during the time of British occupation, and even under the rule of some maharajas, the mosque served to store weapons and even as a barracks. A time when much looting took place in the temple, and not only of its jewels, but even of its marble tiles.

The play took placeduring the reign of the last Great Mughal, Emperor Aurangzeb, who decided to build a temple with a capacity of more than 55,000 people. That is, a mosque that for years was the largest in the world. Today, it is no longer. It is not even the largest in the country, since at the end of the 20th century in Islamabad, the Faisal Mosque, one of the landmarks of contemporary architecture in this country.

However, the beauty of this Lahore and its historical value is undeniable. An architecture inspired by the Friday Mosques in the Indian city of Delhi, but here on a gigantic scale.

As the most outstanding elements of the complex, its four minarets can be seen from the outside, framing a work built from red sandstone and marble. And of course, from the outside, its large bulbous white marble domes also attract attention.

When entering the interior through its great monumental door, the first thing you discover is a huge patio, before the prayer room. This room is divided, thanks to the arcades, into seven different spaces

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