Conservation of the Picture Wall
Type
brochure
Year
2019
There are 21 monuments remaining in the present-day complex of the Lahore Fort. These monuments reflect the architectural characteristics of the historical periods they represent and the brilliance of the artistic excellence and workmanship of these eras. One of these buildings, known as the imperial kitchens, had lain in ruinous condition for a few decades. From 2016 to 2019, the Aga Khan Cultural Service - Pakistan and the Walled City of Lahore Authority took up the conservation of the historic imperial kitchens and its adaptive reuse under a 5 year development scheme for the Lahore Fort, which was approved by the government of Punjab.

The Lahore Fort Picture Wall is one of the principal features of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is about 460 meters (1,510 feet) long, with an average height of 16 meters (50 feet) and forms the northern and western façade of the Lahore Fort. Together with the Shah Burj Gate (Hathi Pol), the Picture Wall forms the original entrance to the Fort. Built approximately 400 years ago; it is among some of the most exquisite features of the Lahore Fort and is one of the largest murals in the world. Parts of the wall are extensively embellished in cut brickwork, cut glazed tile mosaic work, filigree work and painted lime plaster. The wall consists of an array of exquisitely decorated recessed panels, and the eaves and brackets of pavilions and other roof top structures are carved in sandstone and marble-work inlaid with semi-precious stones.
Citation
Aga Khan Trust for Culture: Conservation of the Picture Wall. Lahore: Aga Khan Cultural Service - Pakistan, 2019.
Associated Sites
Collections
Copyright
Aga Khan Cultural Service - Pakistan
Country
Pakistan
Language
English
Dimensions
7 pages
Building Usages
fort
palatial
Materials
brick
ceramic glaze
glaze
ceramic tile
tile
Keywords
restoration and conservation
tile
mosaic
ceramic glaze