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About Visit Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara is a colossal architectural marvel. The tomb of a holy Shiite, it has evolved into one of the iconic landmarks of Lucknow. Its upper floors are a curious labyrinth of corridors that lend a unique touch to the mausoleum. Known as the Bhulbhulaiya, this interesting set of narrow pathways is the most attractive feature of Bara Imambara. The labyrinth eventually leads out to the rooftop balconies. While exploring the Bara Imambara, it is handy to have a torch since many of the pathways are quite dark. Next to the tomb, occupying the same courtyard is a mosque and a baori or step well. The tomb is also home to one of the world’s largest vaulted galleries. The interesting fact about purchasing a ticket to Bara Imambara is that the same ticket will also give you entrance to several other nearby monuments like Chota Imambara, the clock tower and the Baradari or Summer Palace.

Historical Context: The Bara Imambara was built by the Nawab of Awadh in the year 1784. One of the objects was to provide the people with something to do during the harsh famine that ravaged the region during tha time. It was built by the Shia Muslims for Azadari or Mourning of Muharram. A reflection of ornamented Mughal design, the building is one of the grandest in the city of Lucknow.

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  • Entry Fee Indian Tourist: INR 25 Foreign Tourist: INR 300

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