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The principal building of the Great Imambara of Nawab Assuf-ood-daulah [Lucknow].

The principal building of the Great Imambara of Nawab Assuf-ood-daulah [Lucknow].

Photographer: Ali, Abbas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 988/(40)

Item number: 98840

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the Great Imambara from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874. Architect Kifayat-ullah designed this imambara in 1784 for ruler Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh (r.1778-97). It is a most impressive building with a large vaulted hall spanning 50 metres long and 15 metres high. Imambaras are buildings used either for the Muslim fesitval of Muharram or as a mausoleum.

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