The Lahore fort, locally known as Shahi Qila is one of the most famous historical places in Lahore. It is located on the Northwestern corner of Lahore adjacent to the Walled City. The base structure was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1555-56, though archaeological evidence has indicated that the fort was originally built a long time before that. During its long history the fort has been destroyed by various conquerors and rebuilt by the Mughals in its present majestic state. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Lahore Fort is a fine example of Mughal architecture with strong Persian style influences. The fort is accessed through the beautiful Alamgiri gate and has two sections. The administrative section holds large beautiful gardens and is built in a way to conceal the private residential section.
The most notable places inside the fort include the Moti Masjid, the Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors which contains the most intricate marble and mirror work you can hope to witness and the Naulakha pavilion, a white-marbled chamber, inlaid with various precious stones. The Lahore fort is a place worth visiting for tourists whether they are interested in history or just looking to experience the wonders of Pakistan.