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The Great Imambara and mosque, Lucknow.

The Great Imambara and mosque, Lucknow.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(50)

Item number: 1150

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Great Imambara and mosque, Lucknow, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Architect Kifayat-ullah designed this imambara in 1784 for Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh (r.1775-1797). Imambaras were built as place to celebrate Muharram, which commemorated the three imams Ali, Hasan, and Hussein. The Great Imambara has one of the largest vaulted halls in the world, 49.6 m long and 14.9 m high. The mosque is located on the west side of the imambara.

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