Exploring Grand Jamia Mosque in Bahria Town Lahore
Lahore is known for its beauty and rich culture. The city is said to be 2000 years old, which means it has seen centuries of evolution.
Talking about the historical importance of the city, I am sure you have visited the splendid and beautiful historical monuments in Lahore.
There are a bunch of beautiful buildings that are the epitome of Mughal Art and you might have guessed that I am talking about the beautiful mosques around the walled city, Lahore.
Being Pakistani and a Muslim, most of us have been to that area to visit the Lahore Fort or Shahi Qila and Badshahi Mosque or even Masjid Wazir Khan for that matter. But there’s more to it. As much as we recognize our heritage and historical monuments, we are also aware that Lahore has significantly expanded over the past few years.
In fact, the past decade has been all about the renovation and revamping of the city. Lots of new colonies have come into being as a result of an increase in Lahore’s population.
Another Marvelous Piece of Cultural Architecture to Explore in Lahore
Amidst all this renovation of our beloved city, Lahore, another beautiful piece of art is now standing in all its glory. I am talking about Grand Jamia Mosque.
Grand Jamia Mosque is located in Bahria Town, Lahore, Pakistan. This magnificent mosque is a masterpiece. Its interior is full of breathtaking views representing the fusion of traditional Islamic architecture with Pakistani culture. The carpet has been custom-made and imported from Turkey.
The beautifully luminous Persian chandeliers create a vibrant Islamic ambiance for prayer. In addition to this, the environment is so soothing, and every corner of the mosque is very intricately designed.
1. 7th Largest Mosque in Terms of the Capacity for Devotees
It is also known to be the 7th largest mosque in the world in terms of capacitating people for the prayer facility. The main hall of the mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshipers and it has a total capacity of 70,000.
It has 21 domes and four 165 feet high minarets. These specifications make it the largest mosque in Pakistan in terms of covered area.
Much of the building has been designed by Nayyar Ali Dada who happens to be an eminent architect designer of Pakistan.
2. Architectural Inspiration From the Heritage
The interior design of the Grand Jamia mosque is an epitome of magnificence and elegant carvings, inspired by the fusion of traditional Islamic architecture and Pakistani culture. While the calligraphic design of the mosque is similar to that of the Badshahi mosque, the pavements and flooring are identical to the Wazir Khan mosque.
I would rather say that Grand Jamia mosque can give you a glimpse of all the mosques in Lahore. The building and the interior design truly capture the essence of Lahore and its heritage.
3. Such Intricacy, Much Wow!
The mosque features marbled floors, tailor-made chandeliers, and its ornate halls have been decorated with 4,000,000 mosaic tiles. The tiles have been handcrafted by artisans from Multan.
In fact, this is the surprisingly interesting feature of the construction; the exterior of this masterpiece consists of 4 million, 2.5-inch handmade Multani tiles made from special Multanimitti and hand-placed by the craftsmen. Placing these tiles alone took 4 years to complete. Woah!
An area on the second floor of the mosque has been reserved for women. Furthermore, the basement of the mosque has been reserved for an Islamic art gallery and a religious school which will start functioning in a few months.
4. Good News, NO TICKETS REQUIRED!
Mosques are made for prayer, of course, but the attention to the details while constructing these beautiful pieces of art makes them so much more than prayer houses. People come from faraway cities as well as abroad to admire the heritage of Lahore.
However, like other monuments of Lahore, Grand Jamia mosque has free entry, you don’t need a ticket to enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the mosque.
That is not all, Bahria town, Lahore has so many other things to explore. They have built quite a place for people to come and enjoy their leisure time. I would 10/10 recommend you take a trip to the mosque and other avenues of Bahria town. You won’t regret it, I promise.
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