Mosque of Pakistan-Moti Masjid
Moti Masjid was constructed in the 17th century during the reign of Shah Jehan as a part of the extension of the Lahore Fort. This grand structure was made of white marble brought especially from Makrana and though simply designed, it was purity and magnificence personified. Everything from the ceiling to the floor, columns to the arches is made of white marble. For the acoustics, shallow double domes were built.
It is a rather small mosque and most probably served as a place of worship of the royal harem. When the Sikhs took over the control of Punjab, the Moti Masjid was turned into Moti Mandir (temple); later when the British became masters; this beautiful building at first served as a treasury office but was later restored to its former position that is a mosque.
Moti Masjid is a fine example of the Moghul architecture. Moti Masjid is an extremely beautiful piece of art crafted by the craftsmen with a great vision and love. This place is thus not only a masjid, but also a place which people from within Pakistan and outside Pakistan visit to see the beauty of it. Moghuls were very keen when it came to art. Moti Masjid is an example of the same.
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