Badshahi Mosque – Lahore, Pakistan

The next stop on our historic sightseeing in Lahore was Badshahi Mosque.Badshahi Mosque - Lahore, Pakistan

This was my second time visiting the mosque and I was as mesmerized by it this time around as I was the first time I saw it.

It’s located near Lahore Fort and is probably one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks.The mosque is a Mughal-era architecture which was commissioned by Emperor Aurengzeb in 1671 and was completed within two years. Its exterior is made of carved red sandstone with marble inlay. The interior also has carved marble and elaborate plasterwork. At the time of completion, it was the largest mosque in the world and now is the second largest mosque in Pakistan itself.Badshahi Mosque - Lahore, PakistanIt's located near Lahore Fort and is probably one of Lahore's most iconic landmarks.The mosque is a Mughal-era architecture which was commissioned by Emperor Aurengzeb in 1671 and was completed within two years. Its exterior is made of carved red sandstone with marble inlay. The interior also has carved marble and elaborate plasterwork. At the time of completion, it was the largest mosque in the world and now is the second largest mosque in Pakistan itself. You have to climb about 20 or so steps to get to the entrance. From the entrance you have a view of the gate of Lahore Fort (my next stop).It's located near Lahore Fort and is probably one of Lahore's most iconic landmarks.The mosque is a Mughal-era architecture which was commissioned by Emperor Aurengzeb in 1671 and was completed within two years. Its exterior is made of carved red sandstone with marble inlay. The interior also has carved marble and elaborate plasterwork. At the time of completion, it was the largest mosque in the world and now is the second largest mosque in Pakistan itself.After taking in the view of the massive gate, I turned back around, took my shoes off and went inside. As soon as I entered, I was directed towards the right, to a small Quran (which we weren’t allowed to take photos of). After the tour of the exhibit, you are allowed to roam the grounds as you wish.Badshahi Mosque - Lahore, PakistanBadshahi Mosque - Lahore, Pakistan Badshahi Mosque - Lahore, PakistanThe intricate details of the structure just took my breath away!take your shoes off and then go inside. As soon as you enter, you are directed towards a small Quran exhibit (which we couldn't take photos of). After that you are allowed to roam the grounds as you wish.

(I never forget to look up)take your shoes off and then go inside. As soon as you enter, you are directed towards a small Quran exhibit (which we couldn't take photos of). After that you are allowed to roam the grounds as you wish.Badshahi Mosque - Lahore Pakistan

When walking into the prayer hall, I noticed there was a gathering. It turned out there was a Nikkah happening (Islamic marriage ceremony)!Badshahi Mosque - Lahore Pakistan Badshahi Mosque - Lahore PakistanBadshahi Mosque Lahore PakistanI lingered around a bit to hear some of it, but they were taking a while to start so we carried on our tour.

There are great views of the Minar-e-Pakistan and a Sikh Shrine from the mosque as well. Badshahi Mosque Lahore PakistanBadshahi Mosque Lahore Pakistan Badshahi Mosque Lahore PakistanClearly, I couldn’t get enough pictures! lolBadshahi Mosque Lahore Pakistan

But can you blame me?!

 

4 Comments

  1. Beautiful images, as usual. Beautiful place too.

    I’m wandering what was special about that small Qur’an, so you were not allowed to take photos?

    • tayonthemove Reply

      Thank you! To be completely honest, I have no idea why they didn’t let us take photos of it. When I went 7-8 years ago, I remember they didn’t have this rule.

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