Heritage sites in Lucknow you must not miss your steps on
Heritage Sites In Lucknow You Must Not Miss Your Steps On
Situated in the older parts of Lucknow, Bada Imambada stands attuned with other historical monuments in the Chowk area of the city. Built by Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-Ud-Daula in 1784 this complex includes the Asfi mosque, the Bhul-bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a step well with running water. One can just sit and enjoy the calmness at the terrace of the labyrinth and feel the Nawabi royalty. The massive and brilliant architecture with the Nawabi vibe makes Bada Imambada at the top of our list.
The Rumi Darwaza ,at times also known as the Turkish Gate serves as a massive gateway between the Bada and Chota Imambara and stands 6 feet tall maintaining the Awadhi integrity. Built in 1784 under the assistance of Asaf-Ud-Daula,Rumi Darwaza was modeled after the Sublime Porte in Istanbul. Although ‘Rumi’ means Roman, it is believed that 13th century Muslim Sufi mystic, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. The pathway that it serves between the two Imambaras places Rumi Darwaza at the second position of our list.
Photo Credits- Nusrat Parveen
When talking about Bada Imambada,how can we forget the significance that Chota Imambada holds. Located just 5 yards away from Bada Imambada, this monument is also known as the ‘Mini Taj Mahal’ and was built by Muhammad Ali Shah who ruled over Awadh in 1838. One may find it decorated with lights and the Belgium chandeliers during festivals like Muharram and refer it by the name ‘Palace of Lights’. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are present in the Chota Imambara. The Arabic details on the building walls and the beautiful view of the Imambara on the pond located just in front of the structure places it at number 3 of our list.
Photo Credits- Nikhil Singh
Satkhanda means ‘Seven- Storeyed’. Located in the Old Lucknow it was built by Mohammed Ali Shah as a watch-tower with an intention of having the aerial view of the old city area along with its royal buildings. Unfortunately, the building’s work was made to stop after completing four floors only because while climbing its steps Mohammed Ali Shah who was 65 years old then had hurt his foot and people took it as a bad omen. An interesting fact about the building is that it resembles ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’ along with glances of Islamic architecture to it. The Greek and Islamic collaboration of designs Satkhanda offers makes it to number 4 of our list.
Photo Credits- Nusrat Parveen
HUSSAINABAD CLOCK TOWER
Clock tower at Hussainabad is considered as the tallest clock towers in India,it was built by Nasir-ud-din Haider in 1881. It is often considered as the replica of the Big Ban Tower of London. The clock tower is about 67 meters high and has a huge pendulum of about 14 feet.Gunmetal was used to construct all the parts of the clock tower. The flowery shape of the dial and the chimming sound the clock produces persuades us to count the clock tower on as number 5 of our list.
Photo Credits- Karan Klicks
“Residency ke andar raat mai na jana,you might have an encounter with the ghost of a Britisher!” is something local residents of Lucknow have grown up hearing that also proves to be myth. “Sheher ke beecho-beech” basne wala this massive piece of architecture served as a residence for the British Resident General at the court of Nawab of Awadh. But the Indian Rebellion Act of 1857 left this group of several buildings in ruins. Grave of almost 2000 Britishers is situated in the building. Because of the importance this building holds in the history of Lucknow makes us want to place it on number 6 of our list.
Photo Credits- Puza Rautela
CONSTANTIA AND ‘THE LAT’
All of us are well aware of the grandeur structure of La Martinere Estate and the reputation it holds in the city. Constantia, the central structure of the estate plays a very important role in framing the History of the La Martinere College. It is here where the roots of the college are reside. The founder, Claude Martin who was a French philanthropist and served both in the East India Company and in the court of Nawab of Oudh. There are several stories relating to the name of the building and one of them says that the building is named after the French lady, Constance whom Sir Claude Martin deeply loved.
Photo Credits- Islam Khan
When talking about Constantia how can we forget about ‘The Lat’ . The locals often refer it by saying ‘Martin ki lat hai’. The Lat is a tower that is situated on the east of the Constantia palace and according to a legend he Lat is a memorial to Claude Martin’s horse; a structure with an underground tunnel linked to Constantia; the place where his heart is buried. The mysteries and the unusual mix of style the building holds puts the Constantia and the Lat on number 7 of our list.
Constructed around 1800 by the British resident Major Gore Ouseley, Dilkusha Kothi is the remains of the English baroque style house and situated in the Dilkhusha area of Lucknow. We can often hear from the locals that Dilkusha Kothi is claimed amongst the most beautiful heritage sites in Lucknow. The interesting fact about the building is that it is a replica of Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, England. The beautiful gardens of the ‘Kothi’ attract a lot of visitors throughout the day who are in search for some quiet time from the bustling streets of the city. If you are in search for a quiet place and want to spend some time with yourself,visiting Dilkusha Kothi should be on your to do list and this is what puts it on number 8 of our list.
Photo Credits- Utsav Garg
Built by the last Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah as his summer residence. The garden has a small pavillion in the middle where performances like ‘Ras Lila’, ‘Kathak dances’ , musical and poetic ‘mehfils’ used to take place. During the revolt of 1857, 2000 soldiers were blocked inside the garden and killed by the Britishers . Uda Devi, who fought fiercely with the Britishers has her statue placed inside the garden. The great importance that Sikandara Bagh holds in the History and compels us to think about the freedom struggle that the martyrs might have gone through makes us place it on number 9 of our list.
Built between 1848 and 1850, Nawab Waji Ali Shah wished for the palace to be regarded as the eighth wonder of the world, a garden of paradise of all sorts. However,many parts of the palace were damaged by the Britishers in 1858 in response to the sepoy mutiny of 1857 but that doesn’t affects the number of visitors the palace attracts. Qaiserbagh Palace is solely responsible to boost tourism in Lucknow. Mughal styled pavilions, statues inspired by European architecture and golden hued crowns could be considered as the real charm of the palace. Three yellow buildings flanking the quadrangles that were once used to house the royal ladies could also be found in the palace. The popularity the palace holds positions it to number 10 of our list.