Lucknow formerly known as Awadh is popular for its rich heritage. The city has a long history and has witnessed various Empires from year 1350 till Independence starting from Delhi Sultanate, Sharqi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Nawab of Awadh, and the British Empire. All of these Empires have left their presence in the form of architecture and culture. In this article you will get to know about various historical Places in Lucknow.
10. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park
Begum Hazrat Mahal was one of the few women leaders that took part in the first battle of Independence in the year 1857. She was the wife of last Nawab of Awadh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Begum Hazrat Mahal fought a brave battle against the British Empire but unfortunately, she was forced to go to Nepal and live as a Refugee for the rest of her life.
The monument was opened by UP government on 15th August 1962 to commemorate her. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park is one of the historical places in Lucknow you must visit.
Residency is an important historical monument of Lucknow. The construction of monument started in the year 1780 during the reign of 5th Nawab of Awadh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II. The historical monument took 20 years to complete.
Situated in the heart of the city, it acted as the residence of British resident general. At that time the British resident general functioned as a representative of East India Company in the court of Nawabs. In 1857 during the first war of independence the monument suffered huge damage. The monument now exists as ruins.
Aminabad is one of the oldest market places in Lucknow. The Marketplace is known to have been existed since the Nawab of Awadhs changed their administrative capital from Faizabad to Lucknow. The place is often compared to Chowk in Faizabad and the famous Chandni Chowk in Delhi. As all these historical market places serve similar needs.
Aminabad market is a hub for wholesale as well as retail selling. You can get almost anything you want in this Marketplace ranging from garments, stationary, household products, groceries, medical products to various wholesale products. The market has a dedicated lane known as ‘Gadbad Jhala‘ for beauty products and ornaments specially bangles. You can also get the famous Chikan suits in Aminabad.
So don’t forget to visit this historical place in Lucknow, if you are in the City.
7. All Saints Garrison Church
All Saints Garrison Church was opened in the year 1860. The church at that time was really small as compared to today’s construction.
With the span of time, the number of troops started increasing in Lucknow cantonment zone. This led to the rising demand of a bigger Church building. In 1908 it was decided to reconstruct the Church building due to lack of space. The new Church building was renamed as All Saints New Garrison Church.
The Church is a must visit historical monument of Lucknow.
6. Hussainabad Clock Tower
Hussainabad Clock Tower is the largest clock tower of our country. Built in the year 1887, the tower stands 221 feet tall . The Tower was built to commemorate the arrival of Sir George Couper, the 1st lieutenant governor of united province of Awadh during the British Empire.
The 221 feet tall Clock Tower lies in the middle of the Heritage zone of Lucknow near Rumi Darwaza and Bada Imambara. The Clock tower is surrounded by a beautiful park, making it a great picnic destination for families.
5. Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza, also known as the Turkish Gate, is a gateway located between Bada Imambara and Chota Imambara. The 60 Feet tall gateway was built under the reign of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in the year 1784.
The Gateway is so famous that it acts as a logo for the city. The Rumi Darwaza is in the Heritage zone. So you can plan your itinerary and visit Chota Imambara, Bada Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and Clock tower on the same day.
Hazratganj is an another market place you can visit in Lucknow. The Ganj market was started in the year 1827 by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider Shah. At that time the Ganj market was used to sell the imported goods from Japan, China and Belgium.
The name of the market was changed in the year 1842 to Hazratganj, the now known name, after Nawab Ajmad Ali Shah as he was popularly known as Hazrat.
Later, after the post first war of independence, the city was captured by the British Empire and Hazratganj was built keeping in mind the Queen Street of London. This Downtown market, situated in the heart of the city, is the main shopping hub of Lucknow city. The market has something for everyone, from big brand showrooms to small unorganized stores and Street vendors.
3. Chota Imambara
Also known as the Palace of Light, Chhota Imambara was built to serve the purpose of a congregation hall for Shia Muslims. The monument was built in the year 1838 by then nawab of Avadh, Muhammed Ali Shah.
Chota Imambara reflects Persian style of architecture. The monument has extensive use of Glass Work, the interior halls are inscribed with Arabic calligraphy. The exterior of Chhota Imambara boasts a dome shape design. No doubt, Chota Imambara is one of the most magnificent historical places in Lucknow. You must surely visit this place, if you are in Lucknow.
2. Bara Imambara
Located near the iconic Rumi Darwaza, the Bada Imambara is surely the most famous historical place in Lucknow. This Heritage site built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in the year 1784.
The Central Hall of the Bada Imambara is the largest vaulted chamber or hall with no pillar support in the world. The most famous attraction of the historical monument is the Bhul Bhulaiya that lies at the first floor of the monument. The Bhul Bhulaiya is a web of passages. The Bhul Bhulaiya is said to have 1024 passages to go inside but only two ways to get out. Therefore it is advised to take registered guide with you, if you want to visit the Bhul Bhulaiya.
The place also has Shahi Bauli inside the premises. The monument is said to have secret underground passages which is closed for the public.
1. Mankameshwar Mandir
The Mankameshwar Mandir, situated near the banks of the Gomti river near the Daliganj Bridge, is a 1000 years old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Temple is quite famous among the locals. So famous that you can see long queues of devotees, sometimes more than a kilometre, during the month of Sawan and Shivratri.
The temple is also renowned to have the first female Mahant or the chief priest in the City, Arunima Singh. She was later christened as Mahant Devaigya Puri
You must surely visit this temple in Lucknow and take the blessings of Lord Shiva.
So, these were some of the most famous historical places in Lucknow. You surely should not miss visiting these places, if you are coming to Lucknow. You may also love to read about some more Tourist places to visit in Lucknow. Ping us in the comment box if you have any query and also share your views about this article. See you soon in Lucknow.
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