03 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 7, 1435

The 'old city' of Lahore

Rapid and illegal growth is crowding out the “old city” of Lahore - the section of the eastern hub fortified by a wall during the Mughal era - while its unique carved wood balconies jutting on to brick-lined streets fall into disrepair.

At least 145,000 people live jam-packed in the area that houses the famed 16th-17th century Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque and is spread over just 2.6 square kilometres. – AFP Photos

This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows pigeons flying in the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows pigeons flying in the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a general view of the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a general view of the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows an interior view of the Shahi Hamam (Royal bath) built during the Mughal era in the walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows an interior view of the Shahi Hamam (Royal bath) built during the Mughal era in the walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a labourer pushing his cart beside the Lahore Fort in the walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a labourer pushing his cart beside the Lahore Fort in the walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows a woman walking past an old residential area of the walled city in Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows a woman walking past an old residential area of the walled city in Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows commuters and pedestrians on a street in the old walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows commuters and pedestrians on a street in the old walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a general view of the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on November 16, 2011 shows a general view of the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows a Pakistani woman (C-top) looking out from a balcony in the old residential walled city of Lahore.
This photograph taken on October 29, 2011 shows a Pakistani woman (C-top) looking out from a balcony in the old residential walled city of Lahore.

Comments (1) (Closed)


Blitzer
Jan 22, 2012 11:28pm
This place can be a major tourist attraction and a priceless cultural gift from us to our future generations if it's properly preserved and preventive repair carried out on it regularly. Kick out all illegal commercial entities and enforce a strict ban on any new construction/addition/non-permitted renovation. Electricity, waste water drains, telephony, etc, should be all underground and preferably completed before lining/repairing more streets.