Lucknow is a popular city where there are many historical monuments and amusement parks. Lucknow is especially popular for the rule of Nawabs who built many monuments, mosques, gardens and others in the city. Some of these monuments are as follows −
Rumi Darwaza was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah in 1784 on the basis of Awadhi architecture. Rumi Darwaza is also known as Turkish Gate as per the resources from the British.
Historians say that the structure is the replica of a gate in Constantinople currently known as Istanbul. The height of the structure is 60 feet and Bara imambara is just 0.3km away from Rumi Darwaza. The British entered Lucknow through this gate in 1858 after the mutiny of 1857.
Chota Imambara is also known as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak. Mohammad Ali Shah, the third nawab of Awadh, built the imambara. Here Shia Muslims perform mourning ceremonies in the month of Muharram.
This imambara is also a mausoleum of the third nawab and his mother. There are five doors to enter the imambara. Along with it, there are two halls and a platform called Shehnasheen.
British Residency is a complex where several buildings exist. The building was constructed during the reign of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan who was the fifth Nawab of Awadh. The construction took place between 1780 and 1800AD.
British resident general resided here as he was the representative of the Nawab’s court. Siege of Lucknow began from this building which ended after 18 months.
Aurangzeb’s Mosque is situated near Bara Imambara and is built on the basis of Indo- Muslim architecture. The mosque can be visited by people of any community as they get historical information from here.
Chandrika Devi temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Chandi. The temple was built on the banks of Gomti and is located on Lucknow Sitapur road. The temple is around 28km away from Lucknow. There are several legends regarding the construction of the temple.
Some say that it was constructed by the son of Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. Another legend says that it was constructed by Barbreek, grandson of Lord Krishna. Religious activities take place during Amavasya and Navratra.