Punjabi: لہور; /) is the
capital city of the
Pakistani province of
Punjab, and is the country’s second-most populous city after
 The city is located in the north-eastern end of Pakistan's Punjab province, near the border with the
Indian state of
Punjab. Lahore is one of Pakistan's wealthiest cities with an estimated GDP of $58.14 billion (
PPP) as of 2014,
 Lahore is the historic cultural centre of the
 and is one of Pakistan's most
 and cosmopolitan cities.
Lahore's origins reach into antiquity. The city has been controlled by numerous empires throughout the course of its history, including the
Delhi Sultanate by the medieval era. Lahore reached the height of its splendour under the
Mughal Empire between the late 16th and early 18th century, and served as its capital city for a number of years. The city was captured by the forces of
Nader Shah in 1739, and fell into a period of decay while being contested between different powers. Lahore eventually became capital of the
Sikh Empire in the early 19th century, and regained much of its lost grandeur.
 Lahore was then annexed to the
British Empire, and made capital of
 Lahore was central to the independence movements of both
Pakistan, with the city being the site of both the
declaration of Indian Independence, and the
resolution calling for the establishment of Pakistan. Lahore experienced some of the worst rioting during the
Partition period preceding Pakistan's
 Following independence in 1947, Lahore was declared capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, and is now the largest
Punjabi city in the world.
Lahore exerts a strong cultural influence over Pakistan.
 Lahore is a major centre for Pakistan's publishing industry, and remains the foremost centre of Pakistan's literary scene. The city is home to the annual
Lahore Literary Festival, considered to be one of South Asia's premier cultural events.
 The city is also a major centre of education in Pakistan,
 with some of Pakistan's leading universities based in the city.
 Lahore is also home to Pakistan's film industry,
Lollywood, and is a major centre of
 The city also hosts much of
Pakistan's tourist industry,
 with major attractions including the famed
Walled City, numerous
Sikh shrines, and the
Wazir Khan mosques. Lahore is also home to the
Lahore Fort and
Shalimar Gardens, both of which are
World Heritage Sites.