An example of Awadhi architecture, Rumi Darwaja in Lucknow was built during the year 1784 under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-dowlah. It is an entrance to the city. This building-cum-Gate is a 60 feet tall structure and probably one of the most impressive buildings of the world.
This looks so beautiful that you may not resist your temptation to climb up the stairs of this 3 Storey building and have a look of the river Gomti and surrounding areas or at least have a click on your camera and take a snap of the building. Presently, due to maintenance or other reasons - visit to top of the Gate is not allowed.
It is called the signature building of Lucknow and also called Turkish Gate. Since it was made by workers from Rome, hence its name is Roomi Gate. The architecture design was made by Kifayatulla.
Please enlarge the image (left) and you will be amazed to see the architectural beauty of the building. Even
after 226 years of its construction, Roomi Darwaja is still serving as gate to the city.
George Russell, who worked as a journalist for The New York Times during the 19th century and who accompanied the victorious British army after 1857 (India's First War of Freedom) had mentioned "the stretch of road from Rumi Darwaza to Chattar Manzil as the best and most spectacular I've seen, better than Rome, Paris, London or Constantinople."
If you visit Lucknow, do have a look at this mesmerizing building.
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