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.


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.


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.


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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