Lahore Fort Complex: Naulakha Pavilion
Lahore, Pakistan

This rectangular pavilion, a small summerhouse attributed to Shah Jahan, stands besides the Shish Mahal, or Hall of Mirrors, in the northern section of Lahore Fort. It is built entirely of marble, and is remarkable for its deeply curving roof in the Bengali tradition. Its form also derives from the baldachin coverings seen in European illustrations, associated during Shah Jahan's reign with religious and royal images. The original roof was probably gilded. Mosaics of glazed tile decorate the spandrels of the arched openings with images of angels, jinn, and solomonic symbols. The pietra dura ornamentation in the pavilion is considered among the finest in the world.


Sources:


Koch, Ebba. 1991. Mughal Architecture. Munich: Prestel. pp. 115, 136.


Chaudhry, Nazir Ahmad. 1998. Lahore: Glimpses of a Glorious Heritage. Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications.

p. 138.


"Bangla Pavilion". World Monuments Fund Panographies. http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/asia/pk/lahore/shahiQila/khawabgarh-i-Jehangir.html. [Accessed February 2, 2006]

Location
Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan
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Associated Names
Part of Site
Events
1633
Style Periods
Mughal
1526-1858
Variant Names
Lahore Fort Complex: Naulakha Pavilion
Naulakha
Variant
Bangla Pavilion
Variant
Khawabgarh-i-Jehangi
Variant
Seh Dara
Building Usages
garden pavilion
palatial