Sights of Lahore
Lahore is the capital of the province of Punjab, Pakistan. It is the 2nd largest city of the country after Karachi. One often feels short of adjectives when describing this amazingly fabulous city. It offers so much to the visitors that it becomes difficult to choose. Lahore has always been a favorite of The Mughal Emperors. The truth of this statement can be judged from the buildings and monuments of the Mughal era in the city. Some historic places are:
The Badshahi Mosque was built during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1673. This impressive red stone structure has a small museum too where rare Islamic artifacts are displayed. Around 110,000 worshippers can offer prayers at a time.
2. Lahore Fort
Who actually built this fort is not known but Emperor Akbar rebuilt it in 1566 and was used as the imperial quarters by the Mughals. Later kings made additions like Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) to further beautify it.
3. Shalimar Gardens
It was built on the orders of Emperor Shah Jehan. It has 410 fountains and a number of trees and plants.
4. Hiran Minar
Hiran Minar was erected on the orders of Emperor Jahangir in the memory of his beloved pet hiran (deer) Maans Raaj. From the top of this tower the hunters could easily spot the deer. Nowadays it is a popular picnic spot. A man made lake provides boating facility. There is a beautiful garden surrounding the area.
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