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The Naulakha Pavilion

The Naulakha Pavilion is a prominent white marble personal chamber with a curvilinear roof, located beside the Sheesh Mahal courtyard, in the northern section of the Lahore Fort, Pakistan. The structure was originally inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones and overlooked the Ravi River. Today, it is one of the 21 monuments situated within the Lahore Fort, with its western façade providing a panoramic view of the ancient city of Lahore. In 1981, as part of the larger Lahore Fort Complex, it became inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Text from Wikipedia).

Inside the Naulakha Pavilion. Photo by Islamic-arts.org

Inside the Naulakha Pavilion. Photo by Islamic-arts.org

Sameena Qureshi in her book titled ‘Lahore’ writes:

The Naulakha Pavilion, so named for the mystical number nine and for the nine lakhs of rupees it took to build it,  is a small white marble building, with a large arched entrance and an extraordinary curved, convex roof, fashioned after Bengali bamboo huts. But its most distinguishing feature is the tiny and intricate inlay work found inside. Agate, jade, goldstone, lapis lazuli and other precious stones are all painstakingly worked into the marble in the forms of delicate flowers and geometric designs. In one of the niches, a tiny floral pattern measuring only two and a quarter by one and three quarters inches contains 102 pieces of inlaid gems. Its windows, screened with exquisite marble fretwork to allow the cool breezes in, overlook the walls of the Fort and the city streets beyond..

Side view. Photo credits: Intricateworks.com

Side view. Photo credits: Intricateworks.com

Front view of the pavilion with its curved roof. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Front view of the pavilion with its curved roof.
Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Another view of the interior. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Another view of the interior. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

 

Ceiling Details. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Ceiling Details.
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Marble Columns with inlay work. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Marble Columns with inlay work.
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Marble columns with inlay work. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Marble columns with inlay work.
Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Detail of the marble inlay work. Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Detail of the marble inlay work.
Photo credits: intricateworks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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