11 November, 2012
History of Chauburji Lahore with Chauburji images
Another amazing structure of the Mughal era in Lahore is the Chauburji. Chauburji Lahore is a monument which has four towers and due to these towers it is called as Chauburji in local language. Four means char and tower means burj. Basically it was an entry point to a Mughal garden which was built by a woman Zeb un Nisa. She was the daughter of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb Alamgir.
Once upon a time it was a lush green area of the Lahore city but all its greenery has been disappeared from its soils. It is just a roundabout now to facilitate the traffic and shows the view of an old structure. There are very less of items are still retains like the enamel’s tile. These tiles were used in its decoration with the blue ceramics and Arabic words. It is constructed in the year 1646 and it was a typical Mughal style’s building.
The unique feature of this structure is its minarets. First time you will see that they are not like the other minarets as they are wide from the top. Red bricks were used in this structure just like the Royal Mosque and Royal Fort of the Lahore.
One of its minarets damaged badly by an earthquake in the year1843 and collapsed on the ground. It was the north-western side which was restored later on.
An English writer wrote a poem on the Chauburji Lahore:
Today your solar, Princess, lies desolate
Where a time Crystal sources
Water between cypresses Katrina, after
The Garden Gate there is only a wilderness
The rose is dead, the bulbul has flown
And Zeb un Nisa is just a memory…
The night view of the Chauburji Lahore is not very impressive as a huge number of peoples use it for sleeping. There is no control over the peoples for entrance so a large number of peoples use it for sleeping purpose.