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Meena Bazaar


Meena Bazaar is the market area below the eastern end of Jama Masjid. The market has a deep-rooted tradition. Previously called 'Bazaar-i-Musaqqaf', the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort leads to this covered market. Shah Jahan was inspired by the arcade by visiting one in Peshawar in 1646.

Mukarmat Khan, who was in-charge of the construction of the Red Fort, was asked by Shah Jahan to make a similar covered market. Shah Jahan constructed Meena Bazaar at the entrance of the fort as it was the place display the wealth and skills of the Mughal Empire.

Meena Bazaar about 300 years ago supplied goods to the royal household. The specialities of the market were quilts, exclusive carpets, pashmina shawls, pardahs, zari and brocade work, ornaments made of precious stones and spices.

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