General view from the Fort, Lucknow
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View from the Fort of Lucknow, from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. This view looks towards the Rumi Darwaza. The Rumi Darwaza served as the entrance to the city of Lucknow; it is 60 feet high and was built by Nawab Asafuddaula (r. 1775-1797) in 1784. It is also known as the Turkish Gateway, as it was erroneously thought to be identical to the gateway at Constantinople. It is the west entrance to the Great Imambara and is embellished with lavish decorations.