Khoorshaid Munzil [Lucknow].
Photographer: Ali, Abbas
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of Khurshid Manzil from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874.
Built between 1798-1827, this building is notably influenced by Frenchman Claude Martin's (1735-1800) Constantia, which was started in 1795."This building, as will be seen from the view, is castellated and surrounded by a deep scarped ditch; intended evidently for purposes of defence...As a contrast to the purpose that the Khoorshaid Munzil was probably intended to serve, and the demoniac purpose that it did attempt to serve [as a rebel stronghold during the Uprising of 1857], it is now turned to a heavenly purpose: it is the Martiniere Girls' School; the scarped ditch is now a bright green lawn for the children's play-ground, the towers make airy bedrooms for the little girls, and all the inmates seem to be supremely happy."