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Mosque inside the Chota Imambara | by sir_watkyn
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Mosque inside the Chota Imambara

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Chhota Imambara also known as Hussainabad Imambara is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Built by Muhammad Ali Shah, The third Nawab of Avadh in 1838[1], it was to serve as his own mausoleum. It is also known as the Palace of Lights because of its decorations during special festivals.


The chandeliers used to decorate the interior of this building was brought from Belgium. Thousands of labourers worked on the project to gain famine relief. It has a gilded white dome and several turrets and minarets. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the imambara. The walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy.

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Taken on April 8, 2012