Lahore History Tour – Installment #20

After a couple of posts about the other important structures in the Shish Mahal courtyard, today we come to the crown jewel of the courtyard, the Shish Mahal itself. Personally, I haven’t seen the structure from inside for over 10 years and every time I have gone to see it since then, it had been closed off due to renovations. Even during my last trip in August 2005, there was a metal fence guarding the entrance to the building, although there was no one working inside.

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Built by Shah Jahan in 1632, Shish Mahal is the palace of mirrors, adorned with tiny concave mirrors set in gilt and carved plasterwork as part of an elaborate ceiling design. The palace consists of a spacious, lofty hall in front with several rooms behind and on either sides of it. A spacious courtyard in front of the chambers is paved with stone slabs of various types of variegated marble. There is a shallow water basin in the centre of the courtyard. It is round in shape and has four fountains.

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Mirror work in Shish Mahal has been recently renovated with the roof still under renovations.

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Base of a pillar in Shish Mahal, inlaid with semi-precious gemstones.

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