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Rumi Darwaza

Rumi Darwaza Lucknow HistoryRumi Darwaza based in Lucknow is considered as one of the most impressive architecture in India. Also, referred as Turkish Gate, it is basically an imposing gateway that was constructed during the reign of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah in 1784. It is among the classic examples of Awadhi architecture and regarded as one of the most important entrance points to the city. The British army after invading the city entered through this gate in the year 1858 just after the first War of Independence in 1857. The stretch (path) that connects this gate comes from Rumi Darwaza via Chattar Manzil was maintained beautifully and gorgeously carrying some of the most stunning cityscape, which Lucknow has ever seen. In fact, experts call this stretch connecting to Rumi Darwaza more stunning than the ones based at European cities like Paris, Rome, Constantinople and London. It is located adjacent to Asafi Masjid and has also been icon for Lucknow City.

Rumi Darwaza History and Architecture

The man behind its construction is Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah. Rumi Darwaza simply symbolizes some of the finest architectural style of Awadh. The reason why it is also referred as Turkish Gateway is due to the fact that it is very much similar to the designs of the gates found at ancient Constantinople. The Persian term Rumi is conceived from the contemporary day Rome, which was based in Istanbul – the Eastern Roman Empire Capital city. This gate has a whopping height of 60 feet, while its uppermost portion carries an umbrella having an octagon shape aesthetically carved over it, which you can easily access via the staircases.

Over the top of this gate, a huge size lantern was placed, which helped in glowing and lighting up the structure during the night time making the view all together fabulous for people dwelling around it. Several small size water based jets used to rush out from the sides of the arch from the most incredibly beautiful carved flower buds, which eventually used to give a feeling of a gateway to Haven. Unlike the Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza was also constructed under the Food for Work program during the devastating famine.

These incredibly beautiful carved designs in various forms like flowers simply speak volumes regarding the unique architectural styles and patterns and for human eye for detail. This gate is one of the best splendors and important tourist’s attractions for people coming to Lucknow. It was considered as the mark of the entrance to the old city, however, as this City of Nawabs gradually evolved and expanded and, it was treated as an entrance to the palace that was demolished by the British army during the invasion at the later stage.

Considering the unique architecture and splendor, Rumi Dawaza has been referred at various places including the different books and publications all over the world. One of the popular reports, which talks a lot about its beauty and elegance is the report of George Russell who was deputed in the city as Journalist from the known newspaper of the United States called The New York Times during the 19th century. As per the reports, this man has accompanied with the British insurgents when they entered the city in the year 1858 defeating the rulers. After the invasion, the British were seen maintaining the beauty of the stretch that connects between Chattar Manzil to Rumi Darwaza.

Places Around Rumi Darwaz

One of the striking features of this marvel gate is that you can find a number of other important monuments and tourists destinations from 0.5 to 5 kilometers. Hence you do not just have to visit secluded places consuming your whole day exploring this gate in the city. Some of these places close to Rumi Darwaza are- Bara Imambara (0.2km), Husainabad Clock Tower (0.5 km), Chhota Imambara (0.8 km), Jama Masjid mosque (1.1 km), Mankameshwar Mandir temple (2 km), Kaiserbagh Palace (4.1 km), Shah Najaf Imambara (4.4 km), St. Joseph's Cathedral church (4.4 km), Dilkusha Kothi Palace (4.4 km), 1857 Memorial Museum (4.4 km), Residency museum (4.4 km), and Chakra Tirth Temple (4.4 km).

How to Reach Rumi Darwaza

The Rumi Darwaza, which screens the passageway of old Hussainabad in the city of Lucknow is a different landmark of brilliance and can be easily reached from any part of the city. One of the best ways to reach out to this place is by taking a cab or auto rickshaw. To pay appropriately, you can refer to the state transport chart and get away being taken for a ride.

Address: State Highway 25, Machchhi Bhavan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 226003

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