People and my blogger friend get ready to have another very beautiful trip to Badshahi Masjid(Lahore)
The Badshahi Masjid (Urdu: بادشاہی مسجد) or the 'Royal Masjid' in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest masjid in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.
Capable of accommodating 5,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 95,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained the largest masjid in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the completion of the Faisal Masjid in Islamabad. Today, it remains the second largest masjid in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest masjid in the world after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Masjid) of Mecca, the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Masjid) in Medina, the Hassan II Masjid in Casablanca and the Faisal Masjid in Islamabad.
To appreciate its large size, the four minarets of the Badshahi Masjid are 13.9 ft (4.2 m) taller than those of the Taj Mahal and the main platform of the Taj Mahal can fit inside the 278,784 sq ft (25,899.9 m2) courtyard of the Badshahi Masjid, which is the largest masjid courtyard in the world.
In 1993, the Government of Pakistan recommended the inclusion of the Badshahi Masjid 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.
detail of white marble inlay in red sand stone
main entrance gate
Beautifully embellished main archway
Cusped arch frames a minaret
Minar-e-Pakistan richly framed by an aisle arch
you have seen the place like place behind the Masjid,this is the palace where
Ranjit Singh, ( Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the founder of the Sikh Empire, which came to power in the Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. The empire, based in the Punjab region, existed from 1799 to 1849)
Most importantly this is theDr Allama Iqbal's mausoleum adjacent to the Mosque's gateway.He is the national poet of Pakistan.He is also know as "Poet of East"
students from universities use to visit this beautiful Masjid
Members of delegation also visited Masjid
General Public visiting Masjid
At evening Masjid is looking great
night view of Masjid
I hope you will enjoy this trip with me to Great Badshahi Masjid,now pack your stuff to get ready to go home:)