Lahore, the land known and famed for its scrumptious food and rich heritage. The picturesque sites, the history attached to them, and the way they have been preserved for years makes Lahore a heaven. The famous line “jinney Lahore nai vekhya,o kuj vekhya he nai” perfectly fits the city. In this article we’ll take you to the land of history, places you need to visit at least once in your life. Following are the 5 historical places in Lahore.
Badshahi Mosque is the second largest mosque in South Asia and fifth largest mosque in the world. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered its construction in 1671. It was completed within two years in 1673. It has the capacity to accommodate 56,000 people. In 1993, it was incorporated in UNESCO’s Tentative Lists of World’s Heritage. The site attracts hundreds of tourists every years. It is not only known for its rich history and attractive interior but also for spiritual peace.
Shalimar garden, another piece of history from the era of Mughals. It depicts the true artistic construction of the Mughal Empire. It was constructed in 1642 during the time period of Shah Jahan. Despite, undergoing various changes and deterioration, the site still stands as one of the remarkable historical wonders. UNSESCO also acknowledged it as a heritage site.
Shahi Qila also known as Lahore Fort is another historical site in Lahore. It was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Lahore Fort has many attractions to it like Akbari Gate, Alamgiri Gate, Diwaan e Aam, Jahangir’s Quadrangle, Diwaan e Khas, Khwabgaah, Moti Masjid, Lal Burj, Kala Burj, Shahi Hammam, Paien Baagh, Hathi Paer, Khilwat Khana, Ath Darra, Shish Mahal, Bangla Naulakha, and Pictured Wall. What else do you want? But if you really want to enjoy your time at Shahi Qila, just visit the place at night when the lights are turned on. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of this cultural heritage.
Wazir Khan Masjid
The history of the cultural and historical heritage of Lahore i.e. Wazir Khan Masjid or Masjid Wazir Khan dates back to the 17th century. The mosque is said to be built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Because of its glass decoration and faience tile work, it is famous in the entire world. Many people visit the mosque and offer prayers even when the mosque is fully crowded. Many scenes from various films were also shot in this mosque like Shoaib Mansoor’s movie Khuda Ke Liye.
Who doesn’t know about Minar-e-Pakistan? The first thing that comes to mind when someone says Lahore is Minar-e-Pakistan, also known as Tower of Pakistan. The site is an exhibition of amalgam of histories i.e., Islamic, Mughal, and Pakistan. Not to mention it is the place where the famous Lahore Resolution was passed in 1940.