Shahi Hammam: A royal history

history   Mar 24, 2020

Located near the Delhi Gate in Lahore, the Shahi Hammam is a glorious piece of architecture that was constructed during the Mughal era. Decorated lavishly with marble and exquisite pattern, the main purpose of the Shahi Hammam will leave you surprised. The building served as a royal bath!

Can you imagine that? The houses today aren’t as beautiful as the baths of the Mughal era – that’s how powerful and rich the rulers were at that point in time. 

The Persian-style bath was built in the early 1600’s during the reign of Mughal ruler Shah Jehan. Built by Ilam-ud-din Ansari, who was widely known as Wazir Khan, the baths are in close proximity to the Wazir Khan Mosque. 

The Shahi Hammam and other similar public baths stop being used with the fall of the Mughal Empire. This is because the Britishers bought in their own traditions and the way of life of the affluent Mughals soon became a thing of the past. 

In the British era, the Hammam was utilised for different purposes and even served as a dispensary, a school, and an office.

The royal bath was restored in 2015 and now serves as once of the most visited historic sites in the Walled City of Lahore. 

The architecture 

Believe it or not, but the beauty of the Hammam is incomparable to anything you have ever seen before. No wonder numerous couples have their wedding photo shoots inside the premises of the Hammam. 

Built with different sections that have their own essence in terms of the decor used, the royal bath has a dressing area, a hot bath area, and a region that was for people who wanted to have a calming semi-warm bath. 

A small prayer room is situated within the building as well.