Sheesh Mahal or Palace of Mirrors of Royal Fort Lahore

Posted on Nov 19 2012 - 9:23am by visitpak

The Sheesh Mahal is situated in the Royal Fort of Lahore. It was not in a very good condition and its roof was very near to collapse but Government and local authorities are trying to restore it. The workers are repairing this Palace of mirrors. The word Sheesh means mirror while Mahal means Palace. It is a beautiful structure in the Royal Fort of Lahore city.

Few history writers say that the Queen is buried in this place but there is no grave at its premises. Mughal had a special interest in those types of palaces which contained thousands of small mirrors in their design. This is the reason that Agra fort, Lucknow, Amer fort, Mehrangarh fort, Rohtas fort and Taj Mahal contained these types of palaces.

Sheesh Mahal is situated at the west corner of Lahore fort which is the area of Shah Burj block. In the era of Mughal King Shah Jahan, this beautiful structure was built in the year 1631 to 1632. Finest quality mirrors were used in its decoration with white marbles. It was specially designed area for the Royal Family. Precious stones and the fountains were also installed in it. All of precious items were stolen in the Sikh era.

A major scene of an Indian movie “Mughal-e-Azam” (Grand Mughal) was also taken in the set of Sheesh Mahal. Due to some conflict between the India and Pakistan the authorities did not this “Mughal-e-Azam” was not shown in Pakistan. The trend of mirror decoration is still running in the Pakistan. Ceilings and walls are decorated with colorful mirrors in this country. Currently this trend could also be seen in the general stores and bakeries etc. to attract the buyers. Most of the wedding halls are also decorated with big and small mirrors. These are specially designed marriage halls which increase the value of those events.

Not only the general stores, bakeries and weddings hall this trend is high in the house making. Some peoples use mirrors to decorate their homes and sleeping rooms. Without any doubt we could say that these inspirations came from the beautiful Sheesh Mahal of Mughal era.

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