Chugtai Mosque
Lahore, Pakistan
In addition to the mosque, the project also comprises two shops, which are rented to supplement the mosque's operating expenses. The two shops and the minaret mark the street façade. Entry to the interior courtyard and ablution facilities is through an arched portal that serves as the minaret's base. A small prayer chamber lies off the courtyard and is surmounted by a white dome. A wooden jali (lattice screen) terminates the end wall of this small chamber and lies between the two shops on the street façade. Three cusped-arch portals facing the courtyard lead to the prayer hall. The mihrab is incised into and protrudes from the qibla wall. A small caretaker's quarters lies next to the prayer hall, and can also be entered through the courtyard. Burned brick was used for construction of the walls, arches, and dome. Most of the walls are left unfinished; standing in rich contrast to the rich ceramic tile details on the cornice and minaret. The minaret is rendered in grey cement mortar; the entry and prayer hall portals and the dome are whitewashed.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Lahore, Pakistan
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Site area: 900 m²
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