Lahore Fort or Shahi Qila is also known as the stands in the historic city of Lahore. Originally built in the eleventh century, it is known to be almost completely rebuilt in the 17th century. The fort has undergone several updates and renovations over the years.
There are many architectural masterpieces to watch as well as learn lots of stuff. In 1981, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization named the Lahore Fort and the Shalamar Garden as a World Heritage Site. At present this is under the control of Punjab. The Archaeological and Tourism Division operates this site. In 2005 to 2006, it was awarded funds to restore parts of the Fort of Lahore that were damaged.
There are several notable buildings in this beautiful landmark. They are paying tribute to the amazing architecture and they have historical significance. Each of these buildings offers something to look at in history.
Akbari Gate (East Gate) was built by Emperor Akbar during the period 1566 AD. In 1614, the Empress erected a mosque just outside the Akbari Gate, and it still stands today. This gate was also called the Masti Gate, and it was one of the two gates here.
Alamgiri Gate displays the structure of discipline but combines it with perfect grace and dignity. The gate is located on the west wall and was built in the early 1670s. The Alamgiri Gate opens in the beautiful Hazoori Garden.
Ath Darra is a building famous for its 8 impressive exterior doors. The building was used by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in judicial proceedings, and it shows its detail and attention to the craftsmen. The northern wall features beautiful paintings, and magnificent ceiling mirrors and woodwork have recently been restored by the Punjab Archaeological Department.
Bangla Naulakha was built during the historic Mughal period and still stands today. This pavilion is full of precious stones such as Agate, Jade and Goldstone. If you enter this building and look up you will see a jumble of wooden trails and fine looking glasses.
Diwan-e-Aam is a 14 pillar hall built by Shah Jahan in the early 1640s. It survived a war, but it was mostly destroyed. However, it was rebuilt by the British in 1849 and stands to this day. The balcony marble of the state is one of the oldest parts of Lahore fort.
Diwan-e-Khas was also built in the early 1640s. This structure is also known as the Hall of Special Audience and is mainly made of marble work with Agate, Jade and other precious stones. Along with the marble pool are hand-carved marble screens that showcase the royalty that once used by this hall.
Hathi Paer stairs were built for the express purpose of allowing elephants who carried royalty from the royal palace. The staircase has 58 wide steps that are 18 feet wide. These stairs go from the palace to the outer courtyard.
Moti Masjid is also known as the ‘Pearl Mosque’. It gets this name for his beautiful white-white marble work that is found throughout the mosque. It was built in 1600s and still stands today. For years, Sikh rulers used it as a treasure.
Paien Bagh is a formal garden that is considered as the central location of the Mughal Garden. It was created to maintain women’s health on the court. It includes brickwork and a fountain in the middle of the garden.
“Lahore Fort is open for visitors. It is open seven days a week, with different hours of summer and winter. You enter the elephant gate and buy a ticket from the booth located right next to it. This is a great opportunity to learn when you literally immerse yourself in history. When you visit the castle, you can also visit museums on many sites at no extra cost.”