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The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments in the city. The Imambara is primarily known for its incredible maze, known as Bhul Bhulaiya locally, which is located on the upper floor of the monument. It is said that there are 1024 ways to get inside the maze but only 2 to come out.

Also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed, it is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. Said to be the world's largest structure that is unsupported by beams, Bara Imambara is considered a marvel of engineering and a fine specimen of Mughal architecture.

The Imambara has a unique style of construction. Moreover, no wood or metal has been used in the construction of this mosque. One can also have a view of the grave of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Dowlah and his crown, which is kept in the central hall, which is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world.

 

History of Bara Imambara

This beautiful, splendid building was built by 4th Nawab of Awadh-Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula and the construction work began in the year 1784. It took over 14 years to complete and was designed by the architect Hafiz Kifayat Ullah and Shahjahanabadi, prominent architects of that time. The estimated cost of constructing this grand monument is speculated to be between half a million rupees to a million rupees. Even after the construction was completed, the Nawab used to spend four to five thousand rupees annually on its decoration.

Also Read: Built in the era of Nawab Asaf-Ud-daula in 17th century, this place is a grand amalgamation of Mughal and Awadhi architecture

The story behind this massive centre is based on a very noble cause. During the 18th century, a devastating famine struck the Awadh Estate, making the Nawab think of a plan to provide food for his starving subjects. He decided to make them construct magnificent buildings which would, in turn, provide them with employment, and hence food. This is how the idea of Food-for-Work was implemented.

Top Attractions near Bara Imambara

Aurangzeb's mosque. The serene Aurangzeb’s mosque is located at Hussainabad in Lucknow. It’s a tomb that is built in the remembrance of Aurangzeb who died at the age of 88 in 1707.  Though, he was buried in Khuldabad. The Aurangzeb Tomb, Lucknow, is another tribute for him.

Hussainabad Picture Gallery. If you want to know more about “Nawab Of Awadh”, go through the galleries of Hussainabad Picture Gallery that showcases an array of portraits of Nawabs of Awadh. These portraits elaborate that era’s costumes and jewellery.  

Things to Do near Bara Imambara

Foodies. If you are near Bara Imambara, you will love to visit several famous restaurants that are known for their Mughlai cuisines.

Aminabad is best for street shopping. Just about 3 kilometres away from the Bara Imambara, Aminabad is famously known for street shopping. Here, you can get every type of consumer items from Home utilities to handicrafts.

Best Time to Visit Bara Imambara

Winter is the perfect time to explore the place. There will be a beautiful scenic beauty around the place.

How to Reach Bara Imambara?

Locals- The Lucknow City is well interconnected with advance infrastructure set-up with regular modes of transports. Recently, the city witnessed the great accomplishment with Lucknow Metro. The nearest metro stations to Bara  Imambara are Durgapuri Metro Station, Charbagh Metro Station, Alambagh Metro Station, Mawaiya Metro Station, and Krishan Nagar Metro Station.

Outsiders- The air-connectivity to the Lucknow city has built up advancely. The Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is well-established airport that serves with some of the brilliant airline services such as Air India, SpiceJet, and many other names.

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