Lucknow. Gateway of the Hoosainabad Bazaar.
Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
This print from the Lee-Warner Collection was taken by John Edward Saché in the 1870s. It shows the outer gateway of the Hussainabad Imanbara, or Palace of Lights at Lucknow. The Husainabad Imambara was built between 1837 and 1842 by Muhammed Ali Shah to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his mother and was also intended to provide relief from famine through employment. A gilded dome dominates the building and is covered with minarets, small domes, arches and a miniature replica of the Taj Mahal. Inside there is a silver-faced throne as well as the tombs of important individuals from Avadhi.