Places to See
The legacy of the imperial splendor of Lucknow has always fascinated people all over the world. The ambience of Awadh has commonly been associated with the leisurely habits, etiquette, architecture, food and refinement, the residues of Nawabi culture. Over the years the city has preserved this spirit of the bygone days. Lucknow took almost two centuries to grow to the size of a metropolis. The first hundred years of success belonged to the Nawab Wazirs which, in different degrees contributed to its growth and made it, what has been metaphorically called, the "Shiraz of Awadh" and the "Constantinople of India". The nawabs were responsible for imparting a distinct image to the city, which indeed is unique.They worked meticulously to dress Lucknow with religious and secular edifices of uncomparable excellence.
The 60 ft high Rumi Darwaza was constructed during the reign of Asaf-ud-Daula when he was constructing the Bara Imambara. It has often been compared to the ancient Portal of Constantinople and is said to be very similar in design to it.The uppermost part consists of an eight faceted Chhatri, approachable by a staircase. Also known as the Turkish Gateway, the Rumi Darwaza leads into the outer ward of the Bara Imambara. Widely believed to be a facsimile of one of the gates of Constantinople it expresses the heart and soul of Avadh architecture.Its uppermost part consists of an eight faceted chhatri, approachable by a staircase.
Built by Nawab Mohd. Ali Shah, it is also known as the "Baradari" - literally meaning hall having 12 doorways. It is now used as the office of the Husainabad Trust and the main hall is a picture gallery housing life-size portraits of ten Nawab of Avadh.