|Wazir Khan's Baradari|
Wazir Khan's Baradari is one of the finest and largest of the genre, and is in well preserved state. It is perched between the Punjab Public Library (PPL), National College of Arts (NCA) and the Lahore Museum and is approached from the Punjab Public Library Road. It has been put to good use as a reading room for the adjoining library and is therefore considered a part of the library.
The building is named after its founder Hakim Ilmuddin titled Wazir Khan, the same grandee of Shah Jahan's court who gifted the city of Lahore with such sumptuous monuments as Wazir Khan's Mosque and Wazir Khan's Hammam, also known as Shahi Hammam, in the Walled City.
The chronicles record how Wazir Khan, after having
completed his spectacular mosque, turned his
attention to laying out a fine garden—a garden which
became known as Wazir Khan's Nakhlia Garden because
of the large number of date-palm trees. In the
middle of the Nakhlia Garden he built an elegant
baradari, which has carried his name to this day.