Chota Imambara

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Lucknow , India
Hussainabad Trust Rd
admission with Bara Imambara ticket
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About 500m beyond the Bara Imambara, through a second beautiful gateway, is another tomb that was constructed by Mohammed Ali Shah in 1832, who is buried here, alongside his mother. Smaller than the Bara Imambara but adorned with calligraphy, it has a more serene and intimate atmosphere.

Mohammed’s silver throne and red crown can be seen here as well as countless chandeliers and some brightly decorated tazias . In the garden is a water tank and two replicas of the Taj Mahal that are the tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah’s daughter and her husband. A traditional hammam is off to one side.

Outside the complex, the decaying watchtower on the other side of the road is known as Satkhanda , although it has only four storeys because construction was abandoned in 1840 when Mohammed Ali Shah died.

The 67m red-brick clock tower , the tallest in India, was built in the 1880s. Nearby is a baradari , a striking red-brick building, built in 1842, which overlooks an artificial lake and houses portraits of the nawabs.