Badshahi Mosque, Lahore
Here’s a confession: I have been to Lahore a total of five times and only recently, on my fifth trip there, did I get round to visiting the Badshahi Mosque. This is strange, seeing as it is one of the premier historical attractions of Pakistan and I am keenly interested in history.
Never mind, though – despite my tardiness I eventually got around to visiting it, and I wasn’t disappointed. Its size alone makes it stand out – it is vast, with a courtyard large enough to accommodate some 95,000 worshippers. It was the largest mosque in the world for over 300 years, until it was overtaken by the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
I don’t want to add much more – if you want to learn about it, head over to Wikipedia in the first instance – but I can confirm that it is large, beautiful, a remarkable piece of Moghul engineering, and that we were welcomed warmly when we visited. Hopefully the above photo will speak for itself…