Lahore History Tour – Installment #19

I realize it has been around 10 days or so since the last History Tour Installment and I hope that you all enjoyed our other posts in the meantime. From what I remember, we had started a tour of the Shish Mahal courtyard in the last installment and today we start with one of the most peculiar buildings in this courtyard, the Naulakha Pavillion.

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Naulakha Pavilion, built by Shah Jahan in 1632, is located on the western side of the Shish Mahal courtyard. It consists of a single rectangular room in marble with a typical convex roof in the style of a Bengal hut. It has three openings in front, one on each side, and a perforated marble screen at the back. It is a superb specimen of extremely minute and delicate pietra dura work in semi-precious stone, with beehive ornamentation on its pillars.

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Inlay-work on a side wall of Naulakha Pavilion. In some of the inlay-work here a single flower is made up of several tiny pieces of semi-precious gemstones: jade-greens, agate-reds, and lapis lazuli blues. Most of the stones were removed by the Sikhs to decorate the Golden Temple in Amritsar and their other projects.

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Another view of the inlay-work on Naulakha Pavilion. Also seen here is a perforated marble screen forming part of the western wall of Shish Mahal courtyard.

2 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    Really insightful review of this place. I plan on modeling it in 3D for sure as im in love with mughal architecture. Keep em coming.


  2. iceCube (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    beautful piece of architecture and great writing…!



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