Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan


  • Code:  1674852
  • Loopable:  No
  • Duration:  7 s
  • Aspect:  16:9
  • Alpha / Matte:  No
  • Model Release: No
  • Property Release: No
  • License:  Royalty-Free (Editorial Use Only)
  • Location: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Source: Sony HDR CX550

The Badshahi Mosque or the 'Royal Mosque' in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

Islam is the official religion of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which has a population of about 175 million people. The overwhelming majority (95-97%) of the Pakistani people are Muslims while the remaining 3-5% are Christian, Hindu, and others. Pakistan has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. Sunnis are the majority while the Shias make up between 5-20% of the total Muslim population of the country.