Thursday, 19 January 2012

Beautiful Places of Worship

The Badshahi Mosque, the fifth largest mosque in the world, was commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671.



Of all the mosques I've been to in my life (and I've been to a lot) I think the Wazir Khan Masjid is quite possibly the most beautiful (and magical) in the world. I love the colours and the patterns!




The last picture is of the Samadhi of Emperor Ranjit Singh. Construction was started by his son, Kharak Singh on the spot where he was cremated, and was completed by his youngest son, Duleep Singh in 1848.

10 comments:

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

These are so beautiful! Love the patterns & colors, too! I am glad to be able to explore your world through your lovely photographs. Thank you.

Beth said...

Your blog is inspring, and it closes the gap of this vast world. I love the commentary too! Have a wonderful day!

Dominic Doherty said...

This mosque is beautiful indeed, love the architecture... and the colours, particularly in pics #2 & #3... have a nice weekend!!

Anji said...

I love the patterns. I wonder how you get a job as a Mosque painter. Or are they like icons painted in prayer?

Sy said...

Thanks guys :-)

Emm said...

What beautiful places! I love the faience tile work and beautiful tapestries in the Wazir Khan Masjid. It just looks magical and majestic.

I love the facade of the Badshahi Mosque too. I think I would have liked to have sat and contemplated its beauty for a long time!

JM said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this blog, Sy.

Sy said...

Thanks JM :-)

Emm- I didn't want to leave Wazir Khan Masjid, it's such a peaceful place to reflect

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Love all your photos especially the ones depicting the local people and their lifestyle.

Attiya Ramzan said...

Badshahi mosque is the fifth largest mosque all over the world and not only this mosque Lahore has many other places that are most famous over the globe and i recommend you to take cheap flights to Pakistan and gt a tour to Lahore to look the beauty of Lahore.