Wazir Khan Mosque

Epitome of Art & Architecture

Wazir Khan mosque, built in 1634 by Hakim Ilumid, also known as Wazir Khan – viceroy of Punjab in era of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Built over a span of seven years it is set on what has come to be known as the Royal Trail, a 1.6 km stretch from Delhi Gate to the Lahore Fort. 

Mosque is a marvel of 17th century and truly represents the architectural innovations of Mughal Era. Its four imposing Minarets suffused with embellishment of Kashi Kari (tile mosaic) and fresco painting define the rectangular structure of mosque.

Its three story facade ( again embellished with rich fresco and Kashi Kari ), passing through a Calligrapher’s Bazaar which crosses the axis of the entrance at a right angle, and is marked at this crossing with a large verandah ( made with brick outline fresco ) and a dome atop.

Its enormous sunlit courtyard, is like an oasis of beauty, elegance and calm featuring a small pond purpose built for adulation before prayers. 

The five door facade of prayer hall towered with minarets on either sides, hides enormous work of Fresco and Kashi Kari in its domes. 

Its a calligraphic marvel of 17th century featuring verses of Holy Quran and Persian Poetry, till date ornaments the sublime art of Muslim World; which always highlights the symmetric patterns of nature.

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