Lucknow. Husainabad Imambara (The Taj-replica tomb).
Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph by John Edward Saché (1870s) is from the Lee-Warner Collection. The Husainabad Imambara was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah in 1837 as both a famine relief project and as a mausoleum for himself and his mother. The King’s throne and ornate tazia or replicas of the tombs at Karbal adorn the interior and the walls of the mausoleum are decorated with verses in Arabic, chandeliers, gilded mirrors and colourful stucco. Replicas of the Taj Mahal are situated on either side of the Imambara in the large courtyard.