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View looking across the court towards the north minaret of Wazir Khan's Mosque, Lahore.

View looking across the court towards the north minaret of Wazir Khan's Mosque, Lahore.

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(940)

Item number: 1003940

Genre: Photograph

According to its inscriptions, this mosque was founded in 1634 by Hakim Ilm-u'd-din, known as Wazir Khan, governor of Lahore during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. This distinctive octagonal minaret is one of four surrounding the open courtyard. The balcony at the top of the minaret provides a platform from which the call to prayer can be given. The mosque is an interesting fusion of architectural styles with the squat domes with lotus finials and domed kiosks of local South Asian tradition combined with colourful tilework and low arcades of Persian style.

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