Roshnai Gate

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Roshnai Gate
روشنائی دروازہ
Hazuri Bagh.JPG
The gate faces the Hazuri Bagh quadrangle
Roshnai Gate is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Roshnai Gate
Location in Punjab, Pakistan
Roshnai Gate is located in Pakistan
Roshnai Gate
Roshnai Gate (Pakistan)
CoordinatesCoordinates: 31°35′16″N 74°18′43″E / 31.58769°N 74.31197°E / 31.58769; 74.31197
LocationLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
TypeCity gate

"Roshnai Gate" (Urdu: روشنائی دروازہ‎) or "Gate of Lights" is one of the thirteen gates within the Walled City of Lahore in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It was the main entry into Lahore for emperors and nobles during the Mughal, and later Sikh period.

Its extended height and width is testament to its use by emperors' caravans of elephants. Since the Ravi river once flowed alongside the northern wall of the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque, the gate was profusely illuminated during night to aid travelers. It is for this reason that the gate has been named as “Roshnai Darwaza” or the “gate of light”. It is considered to be the oldest of Lahore's gates, and is only gate that has been preserved in its original shape.


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