The Chattar Manzil Palace from the river, Lucknow
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Chattar Manzil Palace at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. The Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palaces (c.1814-1837) stand on the banks of the River Gumti. The Chattar Manzil consisted of a Bari (larger) Chattar Manzil and Choti (smaller) Chattar Manzil, however only the larger one still exists. These two buildings were examples of the Indo-European Nawabi style, even though the Bari Chattar Manzil has been altered over the years. The palaces were named after the chattris (umbrella-shaped domes) on the octagonal pavilions, which crown the buildings. The Bara Chattar Manzil now houses the Central Drug Research Institute.