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Lucknow. Great Imambara.

Lucknow. Great Imambara.

Photographer: Saché, John Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 2/3(154)

Item number: 154

Length: 23.4

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the central hall from the courtyard photographed by John Edward Saché (1870s). Nawab Asaf ud-Daula of Awadh (r.1775-97), requested architect Kifayat-ullah to construct the Great Imambara in 1784 , for the purpose of celebrating the Muslim festival of Muharram in commemoration of the imams Ali, Hasan, and Hussein. Subsequently, the imambara was used as a mausoleum for Asaf ud-Daula upon his death in 1797. The Great Imambara complex consists of several forecourts and gateways which lead to the imambara.

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