Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Lucknow of the Nawabs: Photo 1
The nawabs had come to India in the 18th Century from Persia, and to Persia in the 16th from Iraq. They were Shia and their most distinctive architectural creations were imambaras, literally "dwelling places of the Imam."
Here is the Rumi Darwaza, the outermost of three gateways to the Bara Imambara, or the great imambara. Beyond the gate lies the first of three courtyards, though it is now bisected by a busy road. Built in 1784, the gate was nominally modelled on the entrance to the Sublime Porte in Istanbul. Murray insists that it is "much disfigured by absurd decoration."
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