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Railway Station [Lahore].

Railway Station [Lahore].

Photographer: Craddock, George

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(7)

Item number: 5027

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Railway Station at Lahore, Pakistan, taken by George Craddock in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, is considered the cultural centre of Pakistan. Islam came here after the advent of Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 AD, and it was subsequently ruled by a succession of dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate, followed by the Mughals, the Sikhs and the British. It reached its apogee under the Mughals, known as the Garden City and with enough architecture to rank it with other great Mughal centres like Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The British took control of Lahore from the Sikhs in 1849, and transformed its landscape with railways, factories and roads. They continued the tradition of embellishing it with architecture, constructing some of the finer examples of colonial buildings in the Indo-Islamic-Gothic-Victorian style here.

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