Photographer's Note

The Badshahi (Imperial) Mosque was built by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb Alamgir, in the years 1671 - 1673 CE. At that time, this was the largest mosque in the world. It was modelled on his father Shah Jahan's Jama Masjid in Delhi. The full name of the mosque appears as calligraphy in the grey panel above the iwan. This view is to the west and a bit south, and is actually a scan of a photograph I took on a visit to Lahore in the winter (February) of 2005. There is a traditional Mughal garden (Hazuri Bagh) in front of the mosque centred by a pavilion (Baradari) built by Ranjit Singh in 1813 CE to celebrate the capture of the Koh-i-Nor diamond from Shah Shujah of Afghanistan. The garden is about 25 metres west of the Alamgiri Gate, the main entrance these days to the Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila whose construction started in the reign of Akbar the Great).

The reason for today's upload is that it serves as a prelude to my uploads of photos for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, commencing tomorrow. The external architecture of the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque was inspired by that of the Badshahi here in Lahore, while the internal architecture receives inspiration from the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco (for which I have already uploaded a few photos).

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-02-08
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2016-08-05 4:43
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