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View looking across the court towards the iwan of Wazir Khan's Mosque, Lahore. 1003941

View looking across the court towards the iwan of Wazir Khan's Mosque, Lahore. 1003941

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(941)

Item number: 1003941

Genre: Photograph

This view shows the central 'iwan' or recessed arched entrance to the main prayer sanctuary of the mosque of Wazir Khan in Lahore. The mosque is situated in the eastern quarter of the old city. According to its inscriptions, it was founded in 1634 by Hakim Ilm-u'd-din, popularly known as Wazir Khan, governor of the city during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628-57). The mosque is largely influenced by Persian models in its layout and decoration. Its interior and exterior surfaces are covered in colourful tilework mosaics of abstract, floral and calligraphic design.

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