Lahore, known as the City of Gardens and Colleges, is the capital of Punjab and the second largest city of Pakistan. It is the cultural heart of Pakistan and hosts most of the arts, festivals, film-making, music and intelligentsia of the country.
From 1524 to 1752, Lahore was part of the Mughal Empire. Then it was became a province of the Afghan Empire. It was then ruled by Sikhs from 1799 to 1849. Lahore came under British rule in 1849 and remained so till 1947. Lahore was called by different names throughout history. To date there is no conclusive evidence as to when it was founded. Some historians trace the history of the city as far back as 4000 years ago. However, historically, it has been proved that Lahore is at least 2,000 years old. Hieun-tsang, the famous Chinese pilgrim, has given a vivid description of Lahore which he visited in the early parts of the 7th century AD.
Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the tombs of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are tourist attractions. Lahore is also home to many British colonial architecture, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum, Government College, University of the Punjab.
This page displays the old and rare pics of Lahore. Some very old photos of Lahore and British Raj era buildings and colonial architecture on The Mall Road Lahore also appear here.