I was looking at my old photo Archives and I found this fascinating photo among these old photographs I have been taking while my trip to Lahore in December 2005. It was fun and I have lots of memories of that time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Badshahi Mosque (Urdu: ??????? ????), or the ‘Emperor’s Mosque‘, was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Lahore, Pakistan. It is one of the city’s best known landmarks, and a major tourist attraction epitomising the beauty and grandeur of the Mughal era.
Capable of accommodating over 55,000 worshipers, it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan, after the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. The architecture and design of the Badshahi Masjid is closely related to the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India, which was built in 1648 by Aurangzeb’s father and predecessor, emperor Shah Jahan.
Badshahi Masjid is one of the locations where Qari’ Abdul Basit recited the Qur’an. The Imam-e-Kaaba (Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais of Saudi Arabia) has also led prayers in this mosque in 2007.