Lahore History Tour – Installment #6

In the previous two posts in this series, I talked about the Alamgiri Gate of the Lahore Fort and Ranjit Singh’s Baradari, which is located in the garden between the fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Today, we move inside the fort. The first of the fort structures I will talk about is the Diwan-e-Aam.

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During the first year of his reign, i.e. in 1628, emperor Shah Jahan ordered the construction of the Diwan-i-Am. It was built in the shape of a hall of forty lofty pillars of red sandstone. Standing on a large rectangular platform, the hall measures 187 feet by 60 feet and rises to a height of 34 feet.

Once inside Diwan-e-Aam, one cannot resist but admire the beautiful Jharoka or the Royal Balcony, jutting from the northern wall of Diwan-e-Aam.

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The Jharoka (Royal Balcony) was the place where emperors used to appear before public and examine elephant marches. The balcony is made of white marble and supported with brackets of red stone.

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