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A Mughal bathouse renewed: Shahi Hammam, Lahore Walled City, Pakistan

The 17th century Shahi Hammam fell into disuse during the decline and fall of the Mughal Empire and the chaos that followed. The 1,000 m2 complex was rehabilitated over two years and interventions included the exposure, conservation and display of the original waterworks, drainage and heating networks as well as the historic floor level, restoration of the original entrance, internal chambers and architectural features including provisions for internal and external illumination. The original frescoes, dating from the Mughal period, were also conserved. The hammam, once neglected, is alive with cultural programming and events.