CourtyardPassage through the portal and octagonal chamber leads into the mosque's central courtyard. The courtyard measures approximately 160 feet by 130 feet, and features high arched galleries surrounding a central brick paved courtyard - a typical feature of imperial Persian mosques in Iran.The mosque's courtyard contains a pool used for the Islamic ritual washing, wudu that measures 35 feet by 35 feet. The courtyard features a subterranean crypt which contains the tomb of the 14th century Sufi saint Syed Muhammad Ishaq Gazruni, also known by the name Miran Badshah.
Main prayer hallThe mosque's prayer hall lies at the westernmost portion of the site, and is approximately 130 feet long and 42 feet wide. It is divided into five sections aligned into a single long aisle running north to south, similar to the prayer hall at the older Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum.The central section of the prayer hall is topped by a 31 foot tall dome with a diameter of 23 feet resting upon four arches that form a square pavilion - a Persian architectural form known as a "Char Taq." The remaining compartment in the prayer hall are topped by a 21 foot tall dome with a diameter of 19 feet, built in a style similar to that of the earlier Lodi dynasty. The northernmost and southernmost compartments also contain small cells which house spiral staircases that lead to the rooftop.
The Minarets of the MosqueThe most distinguished and notable feature of the architecture of Wazir Khan Mosque is its Minarets at all the 4 corners. It was the first time that any mosque in Lahore had such a design. The enormous Badshahi Mosque with similar Minarets in Lahore was constructed much later in 1673 by Emperor Aurangzeb, who was son of Shah Jahan. The prayer hall of the mosque has 5-bay motif (one-aisle) which was established in the city a generation earlier at the famous Maryam Zamani Mosque for the first time. The majority of the construction of the mosque was done using the dressed bricks which are decorated with the glazed tile mosaics.
Shops in the Ground FloorAnother great and notable feature of Wazir Khan Mosque is the incorporation of as many as 22 shops in the ground plan. The shops are beautifully designed at either side of the entrance having a brick-paved passage going right in between the shops situated at both sides. This commercial area is well extended and it reaches Wazir Khan Chowk (Square) which still is the most vibrant and lively commercial area of the city of Lahore.
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