The Badshahi Mosque stands opposite the Alamgiri Gate into the fort and is one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and was built between 1671 and 1673 under the auspices of Emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707). It can seat 100,000 people. It has huge gateways, four tapering minarets and three vast domes. When the Mughal Empire fell, it was used as a garrison first by the Sikhs and later by the British. It was extensively repaired between 1939 and 1960.
The famous poet, Muhammad (Allama) Iqbal (1877-1938) is buried in a mausoleum outside it.
Fun fact. In 1991 the mosque achieved international fame when the director of the mosque welcomed the Princess of Wales there and presented her with a Holy Quoran. He was criticised for receiving a non-Muslim HRH, and that her skirt was too short. The matter went to court and was thrown out.
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