Lucknow is famous for its delicious food and its rich cultural heritage. If you want to feel the old world charm and revisit the times when kings ruled and battles were fought, you should visit the historical monuments in Lucknow.
They are rich in architectural finesse as well as grandeur and do not fail to enthrall the visitors even today. Make your Lucknow memories timeless by witnessing the historical heritage of Lucknow.
Here is a list of 10 historical monuments of Lucknow – the capital of Awadh Empire that you can definitely visit while in town :
1. Bada Imambara.
This imposing shrine was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784. Its huge campus also contains the Bhulbhulaiya that is the only maze in India and Asafi Mosque.
It took 6 years, 22,000 workers and a crore rupees approximately to complete the construction of Bada Imambara.
2. Chota Imambara.
Chota Imambara was built by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali in 1838. The campus also houses the tombs where the Nawab is buried along with his mother.
He built it when he was declared the third King of Awadh by the British at the age of 63.
3. British Residency.
The once imposing British Residency was the official residence of the British Resident General. It was stormed in the revolt of 1857 and is now declared a National Monument.
It attracts lots of visitors who take a walk down the history amidst its ruins surrounded by greenery.
4. Rumi Darwaza.
The Rumi Darwaza stands tall as one of the exquisite examples of Awadhi architecture. It was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula to provide employment and help to famine affected people of his rule.
Also known as the Turkish Gate, it welcomes you to the old Lucknow with élan!
5. Asafi Masjid.
The Asafi Masjid is a mosque built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1775. It was built to commemorate the transfer of Lucknow as capital of Awadh to him.
6. Chhatar Manzil.
Chhatar Manzil was built as the residence of General Claude Martin in 1781. It was built on the bank of River Gomti after clearing out the jungle area. General Martin lived here till his death in 1800.
7. Constantia House.
The Constantia House is currently housed by La Martiniere College for boys. It was designed by French General Claude Martin who lays buried here at an underground vault.
8. Baradari, Banarasi Bagh.
Bara means twelve and Dar means archway. Baradari therefore implies a covered porch with twelve archways to allow the free flow of air and light.
Baradari is visited by many people when they come picnicking at zoological gardens at Banarasi Bagh.
9. Dilkusha Palace.
The three storeyed Dilkusha Palace was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in the eighteenth century.
It now stands in ruins due to the toll it took in the first war of Indian independence in 1857.
10. Safed Baradari, Qaiserbagh.
The Safed (white) Baradari of Qaiserbagh was built by the last King of Awadh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. It was originally constructed as an Imambara to observe mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his followers at Karbala.
When in Lucknow, do visit these historical monuments that exist even today as a test of time. Their mute presence tells an old story which may leave you awestruck!