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Satkhanda information

Lucknow , India
Hussainabad Trust Rd
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This decaying watchtower looks like a medieval painting of the Tower of Babel. Known as Satkhanda, it actually has only four storeys because construction was abandoned in 1840 when Mohammed Ali Shah died.

The 67m red-brick clock tower, reputedly the tallest in India, was built in the 1880s in memory of Sir George Couper, a reform-minded Governor of UP (United Provinces in those days).

Nearby is a baradari (summer palace), which overlooks an artificial lake and houses large portraits and photos of the nawabs of Avadh.