Things to do in Lahore Shahi Qila – Lahore Fort
Shahi Qila is a great ancient work of architecture situated in front of Badshahi Mosque. Lahore Fort has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors)
The Shish Mahal was built for the empress and her court and installed with screens to conceal them from prying eyes. It was constructed by Asif Khan the then governor of Lahore for Emperor Shah Jehan in 1631-32. Embellished with mirror work, stucco tracery, gilding, pietra dura and fretwork in marble, the palace consists of a lofty spacious hall with several rooms behind and on either sides and a vast courtyard in front.
Shah Burj Gate
In addition to the two main gates giving access to the interior of the fort, there is the Shah Burj (Royal Tower) Gate, which once was a grand entrance to the private areas of the fort, exclusively for the use of the Emperor. The fine painted tilework of the outer wall, known as the Picture Wall is of particular note as one walks along the ramp (the Hathi Paer, or Elephant Path).
Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience)
The elegant white marble pavilion dominating Shah Jahan’s Quadrangle is known as Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), and was probably built by Shah Jahan for receiving guests. However, it is also sometimes referred to as Chotti Khhwabgah or Khwabgah-e-Khurd (Minor Sleeping Chamber), although this name may have been given to it during Sikh rule. Changes were made to the building at this time and during British rule; it was reconstructed during the British period restorations, utilizing the original elements, but it is likely that the roof structure was modified during reconstruction.
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