I visited historic Wazir Khan Mosque with my friend in a tour to explore Lahore and what I found was a bit of tragedy of ruining frescoes and mosaic treasure. Many of whom had already vanished due to ignorance and incompetence of officials. It is a tragedy that such a historical site is being used by commoners with out the supervision of experts. Some of the still safe frescoes and mosaic are under with my comments from Instagram account. (Photos by the Author and Umer Khalid)
These are last photos for my Wazir Khan Mosque series. This is of numerous frescoes in the mosque used as decoration on walls. These are masterpieces of Mughal art each wort of millions of rupees dating back to 4 centuries.
These mosaic and frescoes are ruining rapidly. When I went there I saw an empty wall but if you see just ten year old photos of Wazir Khan Mosque you find a fresco work there. Now it has vanished completely. This is the case with other frescoes.
I tried my best to find details on these frescoes on internet but was unsuccessful. Would love it if someone can give me details.
Imagine this wonderful piece of art is 400 years old left to ruin and fade away.
Mosaic tiles forming the star of David. Back then it was halal. No one said there is a Jewish conspiracy behind this mosque.
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Tagged fresco, Frescoes, Heritage Site, Images of Lahore, Lahor, Mosaic, muslim art, Pakistan, photos, Walled City, Wazir Khan Mosque
The tomb of Emperor Jahangir who ruled India 1605-1027, is another jewel in the crown of Mughal architecture. The tomb is situated in Lahore, in Noor Jahan’s old pleasure garden known as Dilkusha Garden. The mausoleum is located at Shahdara on the banks of the Ravi, three miles northwest of the city. in the centre of which stands the magnificent sepulcher of Jahangir, considered by some to be the “finest ornament of Lahore,” and the “most magnificent edifice in the subcontinent after the Taj and the Qutub.”
The combination of red Sikri stone and white marble, an arrangement echoing Humayun’s tomb in Delhi, and a rare treat for Lahore not least for its intricate inlay, is impressive in its finesse and sophistication. Where the external expression is restrained in its dignified simplicity, internally decorative surfaces present you the best of tile mosaic and fresco that made Lahore famous in the whole of the Mughal Empire.
Following are some photos of the tomb “tweeted” by our twitter handle @lahorenama
Note: Info credit “ualberta” website, Photos credit “Kasim Osmani”.
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Tagged Asif Khan Grave, Frescoes, heritage, History, India, Indian Architecture, Islamic Architecture, jahangir Tomb, Lahore, Lahore Nama, Mausoleum, Mosaic, Mughal Architecture, Noor Jahan, Pakistan, Ravi, Ravi banks, Shahdara, subcontinent