Wazir Khan Mosque built by Wazir Khan,
govenor of Lahore during Shah Jehan's
regime in 1634. The colored glazed tiles
on the exterior are probably unmatched
in the whole of subcontinent in design
color, and dexterity. The interieor is
superbly decorated with elaborate wall
paintings and calligraphy.
Muslims, where ever they went
combined art and architecture of the
native country with that of their own,
which helped evolve themagnificent edifices
shown in this series of images.
Tradition of Muslim architecture in India
and Pakistan (united until 1947) goes back
to 1190's when Qutub-ud-din Aybak of Slave
Dynasty with Delhi (India) as the seat of
his rule built such monuments as Qutub Minor
(tower) height 72.5 meters of red stone with
caligraphic inscriptions on it.
The torch of this beautiful tradition was taken
up by the great Moghuls (1526-1707), who gave
new meaning to the muslim architecture by making
it an image of awe and success, and yet giving
such fine details as never seen before and
established themselves as great builders of all times.
Their buildings ranged from gardens like Shalimar Gardens
at Lahore, Pakistan and Kashmir, (India) to forts and
mausoleums like Taj Mahal, Agra, India to mosques
like Badshadi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan.
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