"This beautiful building is in itself a school of design": Lockwood Kipling (historian, expert on British India and Rudyard's father)
It is set on what has come to be known as the Royal Trail, a 1.6 kilometer stretch from Delhi Gate - one of the 13 gates of the walled city of Lahore - that faced the seat of the Mughal empire. Mughal Emperors rode through this gate to the Lahore Fort.
Wazir Khan Mosque has borne witness to at least a dozen Mughal rulers, the transformative period of the British Raj, the bloody Partition of the Indian subcontinent, and the short but eventful history of modern day Pakistan. The mosque was so located in the center of the city that all the major routes and bazaars linked to it at right angles.
To this day the mosque is a haven of tranquility in the center of the bustling Walled City, flanked by the markets, homes, and tiny businesses stacked up alongside the narrow cobbled pathways of the inner city.
Stepping into the enormous sunlit courtyard, stretching 160' x 130', visitors come across the splendid piece of architecture. The courtyard is like an oasis of beauty, elegance and calm.
Curator: Shuaib Latif, Walled City of Lahore Authority