The Great Imambara, Lucknow, 1858
Photograph by Lance Coporal E W Jones, Royal Engineers.
The Great Imambara complex was built by Nawab Asaf ud-Daula (r. 1775-1797) for Shi'ite religious meetings in 1784. It included the Great Mosque, the great hall (or Bara Imambara), courtyards and gateways. It was an attempt by the nawab to imitate and surpass the Mughal palace complexes of Delhi and elsewhere and was built as part of a famine relief programme.
One of 12 photographic prints of Indian Mutiny scenes, some taken by Lance Corporal E W Jones, Royal Engineers, 1858.
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