Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) with the financial help of US Embassy has started conservation of eastern façade of Masjid Wazir Khan.
Officials said Aga Khan Trust for Culture is providing technical help while US Embassy had provided funding of Rs1,120,096 for the project. Masjid Wazir Khan was built in 1634 AD on the orders of Hakim Ilmuddin, the then Prime Minister of 5th Mughal King Shahjahan.
The mosque is located inside Delhi Gate and is situated in middle of the Walled City of Lahore. The mosque is known as a masterpiece of Mughal architecture due to its style, solid structure, profusion and delicacy of its decorative motifs.
Other important feature of this mosque is the presence of Hujras and shops on its eastern and northern sides which were constructed to make the mosque sustainable through income generated by these Hujras and shops.
As in other monuments of Lahore, the area around this mosque has been affected badly due to unplanned development and encroachments in the form on houses, shops and roads, officials said