Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is famed for its Nawabi era finesse, cuisine, chikan and zardozi embroideries and extraordinary monuments depicting a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architectures.


1. Bara Imambara

Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1786-91, it is one of the architectural wonders of the era. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world.


2. Chota Imambara

The Chhota Imambara is situated to the west of Bara Imambara and was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah (1837-42). It is more ornate in design with gilded dome, several turrets, exquisite chandeliers said to be brought from Belgium, gilt-edged mirrors and colourful stuccos which adorn the interiors.


3. Residency

Built for the British Resident during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1780-1800, it was originally a large complex of many buildings including residential quarters, places of worship etc. It has witnessed many dramatic events during the first war of independence in 1857. also known as Siege of Lucknow.


4. Rumi Darwaza

Rumi Gate or Turkish Gate, constructed during 1784-86, is a 60 feet tall gate with an ancient Turkish design.


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