The next stop on our historic sightseeing in Lahore was Badshahi Mosque.
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. 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).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. The intricate details of the structure just took my breath away!
(I never forget to look up)
When walking into the prayer hall, I noticed there was a gathering. It turned out there was a Nikkah happening (Islamic marriage ceremony)! I 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. Clearly, I couldn’t get enough pictures! lol
But can you blame me?!