The Alamgiri Gate

The Alamgiri Gate

The Alamgiri Gate (Punjabi, Urdu: عالمگيرى دروازا‎) is the fortified main entrance to the Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila) in Lahore, Pakistan. It was built in 1637. It was constructed to face west towards the Badshahi Mosque in the days of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

The monumental gateway is an imposing vestibule flanked by two semi-circular bastions that have boldly fluted shafts and lotus petal bases and are crowned with domed pavilions. The huge arched entrance in the center was designed to allow the emperor’s elephant mounted caravan to pass through.