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9 historical Pakistani mosques that will transport you to another time

Updated Mar 21, 2016 04:22pm

Pakistan's rich culture is reflected in the architecture of its historically significant mosques. Whether it's Lahore's Badshahi Mosque or the lavishly decorated Mahabat Khan Mosque of Peshawar, each mosque is unique and beautiful, speaking volumes for the architectural mastery of their time.

This time, our topic for #DawnWeeklyProject was 'Mosques' and we chose pictures of some of the most stunning historical mosques in Pakistan.

1. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was the largest mosque in the world when it was constructed in the 17th century, commissioned by sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb

2. Abbasi Mosque in Bahawalpur was constructed with cupolas and domes of exquisite marble by Nawab Bahawal Khan in 1849

3. Located at the edge of Khanpur Dam reservoir is the historical Masjid Rajgan built in 1872

4. Built just prior to partition, Bahawalpur's Al-Sadiq Mosque can house 50,000 to 60,000 people at a time

Al-sadiq mosque Bahawalpur #dawnweeklyproject

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5. Lahore's Sunehri Masjid was built in 1753 and features three golden domes

6. This 17th century mosque was named after the Mughal governor of Peshawar Nawab Mahabat Khan

7. Grand Mosque Gandawah, in Balochistan, was built in the early 1900s by the then 'Khan of Kalat State'

8. One of the oldest mosques in Rawalpindi, Markazi Jamia Masjid is a true architectural wonder

9. Wazir Khan Mosque contains some of the finest examples of Qashani tile work from the Mughal period


In our newly introduced project, we give photographers on Instagram a chance to have their pictures featured not only on our Instagram account but also on our website. Want to participate in our #DawnWeeklyProject? Then follow @dawndotcom and stay tuned!