The Lahore Fort and Badshahi (Royal) Mosque are the pinnacle of Mughal architecture in the city of Lahore in Pakistan. The fort is located at the central northern end of the city, and spreads over an area greater than 20 hectares. The core of the fort, built with mud bricks, dates as far back as the 11th century; and was restored to the Mughal splendor and opulence in the 17th century, along with the addition of the Royal Mosque. The mosque is a testimonial to the characteristic Mughal architecture comprising of precision in symmetry of domes and towers. After the fall of the Mughal Empire, the fort was taken over by Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire who made additions in the 18th century; and then passed on to the British in 1849.
In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding repertoire” of Mughal monuments dating from the era when the empire was at its artistic and aesthetic zenith.
Back in 2012 I had the opportunity to visit the fort and was able to capture reminisce of the Mughal empire grandeur and a variety of other architectural marvels dating back centuries. I had almost forgotten about the shots until just recently when I looked at them again and thought they were worth sharing with others.
An album by Shaji Zaidi