The Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum , also known as Begum Shahi Mosque, is a mosque situated in the Walled City of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

It is one of Lahore's earliest surviving examples of a Mughal-time mosque, and influenced construction of the larger Wazir Khan Mosque a few decades later.

 

Maryam Zamani was one of the queens of Emperor Akbar. In 1614, she built a mosque near masiti Gate of the Lahore Fort. It is also call as, “Begum Shahi Mosque”. With its fine fresco paintings, the mosque depicts the sophisticated taste of Mughal imperial harem.

 

Architecture

 

The Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum represents a transitional phase of architecture, and features both Mughal influences, and influences from the earlier Pashtun Lodi Dynasty which had previously ruled the region. Short domes and wide arches represent the earlier Lodi style, while the mosque's balconies, side rooms, and embellishment are in the Mughal style.

 

The mosque features Lahore's first five-bay prayer chamber that would later be typical of all later Mughal mosques such as the Wazir Khan Mosque and Badshahi Mosque. The mosque's central bay is in the style of the Persian Char Taq, and is flanked by one smaller dome on either side.

 

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