Badshai Masjid

Qasim Khan Lahore

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction. It is located in Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan which is one of the largest urban parks in Pakistan.

When it was completed in 1673, the Badshahi Mosque was not only the largest mosque in the Mughal Empire, but also the largest mosque in the world – a record it would hold for 313 years until 1986. It was also one of the largest buildings in the Mughal Empire and the world. On a clear day, it could be seen from a distance of 15 km. The Badshahi Mosque elevated Lahore to greater political, economic and cultural importance in the Mughal Empire.

Badshai Masjid in late 18th century

Late 18th century photographs of Badshahi Masjid

Eid-ul-Fitr Badshahi Masjid Lahore 1968

Eid-ul-Fitr Badshahi Masjid Lahore 1968

Project Lahore team visit to Badshahi Masjid

The purpose of the visit was to collect the latest photos of the Masjid so we can compare it with the old photos and see the difference.