The Badshahi Mosque (Imperial Mosque in English) is situated in Lahore, the capital of Pakistani province of Punjab, it was built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1673, which is best known for the iconic landmark for the Lahore and a major tourist attraction in the city. The mosque was largest in the world for a long time, now it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan after the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad; with the capability to accommodate over 55,000 worshippers at a time. The design of the mosque is closely related to Jamia Masjid Delhi, India which was built by his father, Emperor Shah Jahan.
The mosque was built within two years and opened in 1673 to commemorate the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s military campaign against the Marhata leader, Shivaji. After the decline of Mughal Empire, in 1799, the control of mosque was taken by Sikh Umpire under the leadership of Ranjit Singh. During 1849, when the British took control of Lahore, the mosque was then used as a military garrison. Finally, after independence, the control took by the government of Pakistan in 1947 and the mosque has been restored to its original structure after the construction work completion in 1960. On Feb 22, 1974 on the occasion of the 2nd Islamic Summit, thirty-nine heads of Islamic states have offered their Friday prayer in the mosque.
Badshahi Mosque is considered iconic landmark for Lahore because of its unique Kashi Kari, or Kashan style tile work, stone carving and marble inlay on red sandstone.
The unique structure of the mosque with the central dome of the mosque is 70 feet 6 inches diameter and it is 49 feet high. Two smaller domes; each has 54 feet diameter and a height of 32 feet. There are also four corner minarets; with a height of 176 feet and 67 feet circumference each.
The lyrics of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his daughter Fatimah and his cousin Ali are displayed inside main gateway entrance of the mosque.
Tourist also got attracted to nearby sites like Lahore Fort, Minar-e-Pakistan, tomb of the national poet of Pakistan; Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Hazuri Bagh, Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjan Dev, Food Street and Wazir Khan Mosque.
By Metro Bus
It is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, consists of 27 km long route and 29 bus stations between Gajumata to Shahadra. ForBadshahi Mosque, you will need to take exit from AzadiChowk Station.
Avari hotel is situated on the mall road which is at 4 km drive from the mosque.
Pearl Continental hotel is also situated on the mall road with about 6 km distance.
The most nearest hospital is Lady Wellingdon Hospital, which can be reached in approximately four minutes.
- Location: Lahore, Pakistan
- Completed: 1673
- Capacity: 56,000
- Built to commemorate the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s military campaign against the Marhata leader, Shivaji