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Chutter Munzil the second.

Chutter Munzil the second.

Photographer: Ali, Abbas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 988/(31)

Item number: 98831

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Bari Chattar Manzil from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874. Along the banks of the River Gumti, the Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palaces were built around 1814-1837. The Chattar Manzil consisted of a Bari (larger) Chattar Manzil and Choti (smaller) Chattar Manzil, however only the larger one still exists. "These two buildings were attractive examples of the Indo-European Nawabi style, even though the Bari Chattar Manzil has been altered over the years." Along the top-floor of the building, the octogonal domes are crowned with a 'chatri' (umbrella), giving the building the title of the Bari Chattar Manzil.

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