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The Imperial Mosque, Lahore.

The Imperial Mosque, Lahore.

Photographer: Craddock, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 211/1(88)

Item number: 211188

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mosque in Lahore from the Brandreth Collection: 'Views in Simla, Cashmere and the Punjaub' by James Craddock in the 1860s. The Imperial or Badshahi Mosque is considered one of the last great monuments of the Mughal period. It was commissioned by Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707). The scheme of the mosque is similar to that of the Jami Masjid of Shahjahanabad, Delhi, and also uses red sandstone decorated with white marble. The mosque is built upon a high plinth that raises it above the city and Fort. It stands in a walled enclosure with high minarets at each corner and another set of minarets marks each corner of the mosque itself. Three white marble double-domes, the central one slightly larger than the others, complete the composition. The interior is decorated with elaborate floral and cartouche motifs in painted plaster relief-work, as well as with white marble inlay.

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