This is a huge tomb in the city of Lucknow and is in the state of decay. The Bara Imambara was built in 1780s by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula as a famine relief project. There are three graves here which include the Nawab, his wife and the architect of the tomb. The tomb is the result of great architectural work and thus the architect was honored.
The tomb is beautifully designed and contains a maze of courtyards. There are two gates and a mosque inside. In the mosque only Muslims can enter. There are a number of other things to see inside. There is Hussainabad Imambara and then the Baradari art gallery- popular for it creative art work being preserved from the Mughal era. There is a vast central hall. There are small replicas of Imam Hussain’stomb in Iraq are placed inside. These are also called as Tazias and are paraded during the Muharram. There is an external stairway which will take you to a BhoolBhullaiya. The BhoolBhullaiya is considered as dangerous and should not be visited without having a guide by your side. Beside the Bara Imambara is the unusual Rumi Darwaza which is the replica of the entrance gate in Istanbul. This was also built by Asaf-ud-Daula. If you walk over the road you will find the Aurangzeb’s mosque which is quite impressive and appealing in its design and especially on the exteriors where the carvings are amazing. This was built by Aurangzeb.
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