Photographer's Note

The design of the Bada Imambada of India reflects an amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architectures, with strong Gothic influences. Its interiors are quite impressive as well as elaborate and the vaulted hall situated inside the complex is believed to be one of the largest apartments of its kind in the world. The halls as well as the vaults of the Imambara also display a strong Islamic influence. The reason for the construction of the Bada Imambada tells us a tale of the compassion and humanity of the Nawab.
In one of the earliest studies dealing with eastern and Indian architecture published in 1910, James Ferguson observed 'If mass and richness of ornamentation were in themselves sufficient to constitute architecture, few capitals in India could show so much of it as Lucknow. It is, in fact, amazing to observe to what an extent this dynasty filled its capital with gorgeous buildings during the one short century of its existence'.
It took six years and nearly a crore of rupees to complete the extensive Imambara complex that was designed and planned by the architect Kifait-ullah from Delhi.
The main hall of the Imambara is 162 ft. in length and 53 ft. 6 in. wide.The arched roof of this vaulted hall is acclaimed as an architectural wonder, because no beams or intervening supports appear to hold the 16 ft. thick slab which is estimated to be 2,00,000 tons in weight. The ceiling of the hall is 50 ft. high above the floor.
This great structure was started with a noble cause. During 18th century a devastating famine struck the Awadh Estate, the Nawab thought of a plan to provide food for its starving subjects. He decided to make magnificent buildings which would in turn provide employment to the people of the state. Thus the idea of Food- for- work was implemented. This basic concept is still prevalent in India and poor are always benefited of such schemes whenever sponsored by government.
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