The Wazir Khan Mosque for sure is a beautiful tribute to Allah Almighty’s greatness, and is regarded as one of the beautiful and elegant mosques of the world. The mosque is located in the Walled City of Lahore along the southern side of Lahore’s Shahi Guzargah, or “Royal Road,” which was the traditional route traversed by Mughal nobles on their way to royal residences at the Lahore Fort. The mosque is situated approximately 260 meters west of the Delhi Gate, where the mosque’s Shahi Hammam is located. The mosque also faces a town square known as Wazir Khan Chowk. The compelling aerial shots taken from a drone camera certifies the grandeur of this Mosque.
Construction of the mosque began under the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in either 1634 or 1635, and was completed in approximately seven years. The mosque was commissioned by the chief physician to the Mughal Court, Ilam-ud-din Ansari, who was widely known as Wazir Khan. Wazir Khan later became the subedar, or Viceroy of Punjab, and commissioned several monuments in Lahore.
The mosque’s interior is richly embellished with frescoes that synthesize Mughal and local Punjabi decorative traditions, while the exterior of the mosque was lavishly decorated with intricate Persian-style kashi-kari tile work. The mosque is also decorated with remarkable calligraphy in the prayer hall. John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, wrote about the mosque and its decorative elements in the former Journal of Indian Art. In 1993, the Government of Pakistan recommended the inclusion of the Wazir Khan Mosque as a World Heritage Site in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, where it has been included in Pakistan’s Tentative List for possible nomination to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
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24 Sep 2018