Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state and is also known as the City of Nawabs. Lucknow is known to have a rich history of heritage, culture, and cuisine. Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it is a modern city that boasts of having many magnificent historical monuments. Lucknow is also famous for its exquisite charm, courtesy, lovable people with flair in the Urdu language, and for its special ‘chikan’ embroidered dress materials. Lucknow’s unique charm attracts many tourists throughout the year. You can find Bangalore to Lucknow flights at regular intervals.
Lucknow has world-famous buildings that are built by various Nawabs. One of such architectural wonder is Bara Imambara. Imambara is a building consisting of the tomb of a prominent person. There are many Imambara’s in and around Lucknow, but the best and must visit is the Bara Imambara. The Bara Imambara is a huge maze or labyrinth with intricate pathways that are embedded into the building’s main structure.
Asaf-ud-daulah, a Nawab beautified most of the buildings in Lucknow and Bara Imambara is one of such monuments which is an architectural marvel too. The construction of the building was started in 1785, which was a means to provide employment to people of Awadh to withstand the famine that lasted a decade. More than 22,000 people were provided with employment during this time. The main hall of Imambara is 53 ft 6 in width and 162 ft in length with a ceiling at the height of 50 ft high above the floor.
Here are some of the fun facts about Bara Imambara we bet you didn’t know:
- The Imambara has 489 identical doorways with more than 1000 passages and many staircases that go up and down designed by Kifayatullah, the principal architect
- This structure was built without using iron, cement, or wood and stands strong from past 200 years. Special Laknavi bricks along with a mixture of pulses, rice husk were used in the construction
- It is said that no person till date has been able to find the routes of the passageways in the labyrinth or the maze or the Bhool Bhuliya under the Bara Imambara building
- The main reason to build a labyrinth below this building is to strengthen and support as it is built on a marshy land on the banks of Gomti River
- The building has no pillars or beams and is the largest building in Asia that is standing without any support. It is a wonder till date how these walls of the building are able to support 16 ft thick slab which is estimated to weigh around 2,00,000 tons
- The passageways used to work as emergency exit ways for the royal family, and the tunnel leads to a place near Gomti River, Faizabad, Delhi and Allahabad
- It is also said that these tunnels lead to the royal treasury, and many people have tried to explore them but never returned
- The labyrinth is constructed in such a way that once you enter the maze, only you can see the outside view through the windows that are placed on the walls of the maze. Anyone standing outside cannot see you even though you are looking at them through the windows
- As it is said, walls also have ears, a person standing and whispering into the wall of this labyrinth can be heard by the other person standing many meters away
Check for Bangalore to Lucknow flights and make sure to visit the Bara Imambara when you are in Lucknow.