Bara Imambara Quick Facts

PlaceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh (India)
Construction year1784
Built inNawab Asaf-ud-Daula

Bara Imambara Overview

Bada Imambara is located in the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in the country, which is one of the most excellent buildings in the city. The actus of Imambara reflects the typical Mughal style which is very similar to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore in Pakistan and is considered to be the world's largest five -five mosque. Lucknow, known as the 'City of Nawabs', is known for its specific cultural attraction. Every year a large number of tourists from all over the country and abroad come here to visit.

Bara Imambara History

This magnificent building was constructed by Nabav Asaf-ud-Daula in Lucknow under the famine relief project in the year 1784. Its resolution was 'Kifayatullah', which is called a relative of the Taj Mahal's architecture. It was built by the Nawab to deal with the famine (famine) lying in the state. A mixture of Rajput and Mughal Vastukala styles can be clearly seen in its composition with a Gothic effect. It is also known as 'Asfai Imambara'.

Bara Imambara Interesting Facts

  1. It also has a labyrinth or whirlpool, a stepped well, and the tomb of the Nabav, which is built in a pavilion-shaped shape.
  2. Iron has not been used anywhere in the construction of this building, which is its main feature. In addition, it does not include any European style of architecture.
  3. The main complex of the building is 50x16x15 meters with no roof supports.
  4. Around 5 lakh to 10 lakh rupees were spent at that time to make this interesting building.
  5. The Imambara consists of three large chambers, with long corridors between the walls, about 20 feet in width.
  6. The maze built here is the famous place of Bada Imambara, where there are many confusing paths, which are interconnected with each other and in total there are 489 doors.
  7. The step well present in the labyrinth is called a stepwell. This stepwell named Shahi Hamam is connected to the Gomti river, in which there are two storeys above the water, the rest of the floor remains submerged throughout the year.
  8. This is a very interesting building, which you can call neither a mosque nor a mausoleum, but this magnificent building has many interesting elements built inside.
  9. It is believed that earlier there was a long road leading to the river Gomti, presently this road has been closed.
  10. There is also an Asafi mosque in this imambara, where no one except Islamic people is allowed to enter. Two high minarets are also built in the courtyard of the mosque complex.
  11. The Rumi Darwaza built outside the Imambara is believed to be the gateway to ancient Lucknow. Its height is about 60 feet, with three floors.
  12. Its opening hours are from 6 am to 7 pm and it is open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is a holiday here. Maze opening time is 9 am.
  13. The entry fee to the Imambara is Rs 25 for Indian people and Rs 500 for foreign Tourists.

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