The Lahore Fort and its setting (1500's on)

Lahore as it appeared in Akbar's day
The Lahore Fort was internally complex; most of it was built (on earlier foundations) by Akbar, and was gradually modified by everybody afterwards
Some drawings of the Lahore Fort and its setting in the old city, at various points in its history
Early photos; for more on the fort, see the *archnet images*
A look at the famous Alamgiri Darvazah and other walls and gates of the Fort
The elegant marble Naulakha Pavilion, added by Shah Jahan in 1631
The inlay work in semiprecious stones remains only here and there
Even the brickwork in the paths was arranged with elaborate and careful designs
The Shish-Mahal, or Mirror Palace
The Divan-e Khas, or Hall of Private Audience, added by Shah Jahan
Shah Jahan also added the Moti Masjid, or Pearl Mosque
The Huzuri Bagh courtyard, reached through the Alamgiri Darvazah, is dominated by the Baradari added by *Ranjit Singh*
From the Huzuri Bagh courtyard, a wonderfully dramatic gateway takes you into...
the Badshahi Masjid, built by Aurangzeb

Other notable works of architecture were added to the city over time: Jahangir's tomb was built in Shahdara, by Shah Jahan and Jahangir's widow Nur Jahan (who herself is buried in a much simpler tomb nearby)
Shah Jahan's personal physician also adorned Lahore with the famous "Wazir Khan's Mosque" (c.1634-41)
The Sunahri Masjid, or "Golden Mosque," was added in 1753 by a late Mughal governor of the city
In their turn, the British added some handsome buildings of their own
The Lahore Museum is a later architectural cousin of the Fort, as was the old *Punjab Public Library*
Lahore also displays the famous cannon Zamzamah, which was used first in the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, and last by *Ranjit Singh* in 1818
Nowadays the Fort must also compete with a much newer Lahore cultural symbol: the Minar-e Pakistan

Not far away is Shah Jahan's famous garden, the Shalimar Bagh
On the road southward, the remarkable "Chauburji" gate survives from another Mughal garden attributed to Princess Zeb un-Nisa, 1646
Outside the city there's also Sheikhupura, site of one of Jahangir's favorite hunting grounds, with its "Hiran Minar" in memory of a pet antelope

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