Lahore History Tour – Installment #17

So far, we have strolled through Diwan-e-Aam, Masti Gate, Jahangir and Shah Jehan’s Quads, and the Ladies Garden area of the fort and today we move towards the most important features of the fort, the Shish Mahal. I will start the tour from the entrance to the forecourt of the Shish Mahal. This is a open courtyard next to the Shish Mahal courtyard, where Ranjit Singh used to hold his court. There aren’t too many features in this forecourt except for a large well, a marble structure for holding oil lamps, as well this forecourt also serves as an entrance point to the Ladies’ Mosque and the Shish Mahal court yard.

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Seen here is the entrance to the forecourt of Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). There was a foreigner taking a photograph of the excuisite artwork on the entrance way. I just hope that for those visiting the fort 5 to 10 years from now, these artworks would still be there for them to admire.

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In the courtyard directly east of Shish Mahal is this marble structure with niches for oil-lamps. There is also a system for water to fall from the shelf above the niches and fall in front of the lighted oil lamps like a waterfall. There is a similar but much larger structure called ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in the Shalamar Garden.

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