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Lahore Fort Historical Facts and Pictures

Located in Iqbal Park on the northwestern corner of the Walled City of Lahore, The Lahore Fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Pakistan. Although the origin of this trapezoidal structure is ambiguous, the existing base-form was built during the reign of Akbar (1556– 1605).

Lahore Fort Images

Lahore Fort Images

Lahore Fort Photos

Lahore Fort Photos

This grand structure has two gates, the Masti or Masjidi Gate, built by Emperor Akbar and the Alamgiri Gate, built by Aurangzeb. Presently the Masti Gate is closed permanently and the Alamgiri Gate is used as the main entrance of the fort.

Lahore Fort Pictures

Lahore Fort Pictures

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort at Night

Fortified with solid brick masonry the fort is a specimen of absolute delight in its illuminated form during nighttime.

Lahore Fort at Night View

Lahore Fort at Night View

Lahore Fort at Night

Lahore Fort at Night

Lahore Fort Night View

Lahore Fort Night View

Night View of Lahore Fort

Night View of Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort Interiors

The entire structure is influenced by Persian art-form and is divided between two sections: administrative and residential. The administrative section comprises large garden areas and the Diwan e Aam, the exquisitely decorated marbled pavilion for the royal audiences.

Inside of Lahore Fort

Inside of Lahore Fort

Inside View of Lahore Fort

Inside View of Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort Inside Hall

Lahore Fort Inside Hall

Constructed on an elevated platform, Diwan e Aam projects a throne gallery on its rear wall and also includes a 34 feet high hall. The back of the building is decorated with beautifully cusped marble arches.

Lahore Fort Inside View Deewan e Aam

Lahore Fort Inside View Deewan e Aam

Lahore Fort Inside

Lahore Fort Inside

Lahore Fort Sheesh Mahal

The residential private section contains the Elephant Gate leading to the courts in the northern part and the famous Shish Mahal   (Hall of mirrors of Mirror Palace). Decorated with mosaic of glass inlaid gypsum, Shish Mahal is a semi-octagon shaped palace of composing chambers.

Lahore Fort Sheesh Mahal

Lahore Fort Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal Lahore Fort

Sheesh Mahal Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort Naulakha Pavilion

The Nauakha Pavilion is another remarkable spectacle of architectural beauty alongside the famous Shish Mahal. Located at the axis point of the hauz (water reservoir), this pavilion is famous for its bangladar roof-top construction.

Ceiling of Naulakha Pavilion Lahore Fort

Ceiling of Naulakha Pavilion Lahore Fort

The interior section is a marvelous embodiment of the petra dura technique of decorative art-form.

Lahore Fort Naulakha Pavilion

Lahore Fort Naulakha Pavilion

Naulakha Pavilion Lahore Fort

Naulakha Pavilion Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort Moti Masjid

Lahore Fort Moti Masjid Inside

Lahore Fort Moti Masjid Inside

Residing at the western side of the fort is the white marbled construction of the Moti Masjid. Built by the Mughal emperor shah Jahan, this three domed structure is a typical representation of Mughal architecture.

Lahore Fort Moti Masjid

Lahore Fort Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid Interior Lahore Fort

Moti Masjid Interior Lahore Fort

Considered as a popular tourist attraction in Pakistan, the Lahore Fort, also known as the Shahi Qila, bears strong resemblance with the Agra Fort in India.

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Fort Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

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During the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar
20 hectares
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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