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Rumi Darwaza - a symbol of Lucknow's tryst with destiny

Rumi Darwaza was built by the third Nawab of Lucknow, Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and is believed to be identical to an old gate in Istanbul called Bab-iH├╝mayun, and so is also sometimes referred to as Turkish Gate.

The 60 feet high gate is now considered an architectural marvel, but it built for a noble purpose. In 1748 North India, particularly Awadh, was reeling under severe famine and survival of a large part of the population was at stake. To help people overcome this Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula decided to build the Bara Imambara along with Rumi Darwaza for employment generation (think MNERGA program that's been developed to help the poor). Over the next two years these magnificent buildings were constructed and the labour of love is now there for everyone to see.

Architecture of Rumi Darwaza The architectural style of the Rumi Darwaza is completely in sync with the Nawabi architecture of Lucknow, and its significantly different from the Mughals. The material used for the drawaza is bricks an…

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