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Sirdar Khan's Masjid [Lahore].

Sirdar Khan's Masjid [Lahore].

Photographer: Craddock, George

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(5)

Item number: 5025

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Masjid Sardar Jahan 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 mosque in the photograph dates from the reign of Jahangir (ruled 1605–27).

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