Saturday, November 27, 2010

Badshahi Mosque

The Badshahi Mosque or the 'Emperor's Mosque', was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Lahore. It is one of the city's best known landmarks, and a major tourist attraction and characterizes the beauty and greatness 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.

The Imam-e-Kaaba (Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais of Saudi Arabia) has also led prayers in this mosque in 2007.

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