The Walled City of Lahore Authority has restored the Alamgiri Gate and Temple of Loh (Lava Temple) located inside the Lahore Fort. The project took a year to complete and cost Rs 7.32 million.

The interior of the gate and the fresco adorning the main dome has been restored while the majestic gate has been structurally strengthened. The modern Lahore Fort dates back to the seventeenth century and contains some of the finest examples of Mughal-era art and architecture. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 for its “outstanding repertoire” of Mughal monuments with beautiful fresco murals, pietra dura work and tile mosaics. In 2014 the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) had assumed responsibility for conservation of these sites.

 

Much of the graffiti marring the walls and floor of the entrance has been cleared. The lime plaster inside the small hexagonal temple has also been restored. Named after Lava, the son of the Hindu deity Lord Rama and his wife Sita (central characters in the revered, ancient Indian epic Ramayana), the temple is located only a short distance away from the Alamgiri gate and was built most likely during the Sikh occupation of the fort (1761-1849).

WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said the Alamgiri Gate was one of the most important monuments inside the fort. “It needed much attention as it had been neglected in the past. Our team has restored it technically. Same was the case with the temple of Loh and now it is restored. We take tourists to these sites now by night tour,” he said.

From : pk.mashable.com

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