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300px)|caption= Façade of the Oonchi Mosque, or "High Mosque"|religious_affiliation=Sunni Islam|rite=Punjab (Pakistan)>PunjabLahore District>Lahore|country=Pakistan|consecration_year=|status=|leadership=|website=|architect=|architecture_type=MosqueIndo-Islamic architecture>Indo-Islamic/Mughal|facade_direction=|year_construction begins=|year_completed= |construction_cost=|capacity=|length=|width=|width_nave=|height_max=|dome_quantity= |dome_height_outer=|dome_height_inner=|dome_dia_outer=|dome_dia_inner=|minaret_quantity= |minaret_height=|spire_quantity=|spire_height=|materials=}}The Oonchi Mosque, or Oonchi Masjid (Punjabi, }}, "High Mosque") is a Mughal-era mosque located along the Hakiman Bazaar, near the Bhati Gate which leads into the Walled City of Lahore, in Pakistan. The mosque may date from the reign of the Emperor Akbar. It has been extensively renovated throughout its history, resulting in little of the original mosque's decorative elements being preserved.

Background

The mosque's name means "High Mosque," and refers to the fact that the mosque was built upon a high platform.NEWS, Qureshi, Tania, Ever heard of Oonchi Masjid?,weblink 20 December 2016, Pakistan Today, 31 October 2015, Unlike the grand Mughal mosques such as Wazir Khan Mosque and Badshahi Masjid, no inscription exists which signifies the year of the mosque's construction.

History

The mosque is often said to date from the reign of Akbar, however, evidence also suggest that the mosque may have been built later, during the reign of Aurangzeb.NEWS, Qureshi, Tania, Ever heard of Oonchi Masjid?,weblink 20 December 2016, Pakistan Today, 31 October 2015, It is said that the spiritual master of the great Punjabi poet and Sufi saint, Baba Bulleh Shah, Shah Inayat Qadiri, was Imam of the mosque.WEB, Dar, Nadeem, The Chelsea of Lahore Today,weblink Pakistan Today, 20 December 2016, 9 January 2016, Mulla Abdul Qadir Badayuni mentions in his writing the mosque as a platform during the reign of Akbar.NEWS, Qureshi, Tania, Ever heard of Oonchi Masjid?,weblink 20 December 2016, Pakistan Today, 31 October 2015, The mosque has been ascribed to a mashki - a water carrier. A tughra was once located on the mosque's outer gate which read:BOOK, Latif, Syad Muhammad, Lahore: Its History, Architectural Remains and Antiquities: With an Account of Its Modern Institutions, Inhabitants, Their Trade, Customs, 1892, Oxford University, 228,

Architecture

The mosque features three archways and a small ablution pool for the performance of the Islamic ritual washing.NEWS, Qureshi, Tania, Ever heard of Oonchi Masjid?,weblink 20 December 2016, Pakistan Today, 31 October 2015, Two niches along the mosque's western wall bear Quranic verses, while a third bears the name of Abul Fateh Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar Badshah Ghazi.NEWS, Qureshi, Tania, Ever heard of Oonchi Masjid?,weblink 20 December 2016, Pakistan Today, 31 October 2015,

See also

{{commons category|Oonchi Mosque}}{{Lahore}}{{Walled City of Lahore|state=open}}{{Mosques in Pakistan}}

References

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