: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
: Husainabad Imambara
: Muhammad Ali Shah
The third Nawab of Avadh, Muhammad Ali Shah built this imposing structure in 1840. The real name of this structure is Husainabad Imambada.
The interior of this magnificent building has chandeliers from Belgium, lamp shades and other decorative pieces which might have costed a fortune in those days. The decorations inside the building are ravishingly beautiful.
Inside the Imambara are the tombs of Ali Shah and his mother. Enclosed in the structure is the Royal bath or the 'Sahi Hammam'.
The use of marble and arches in constructing buildings on both sides of the courtyard makes one to compare the architecture with that of Taj Mahal . The Imambara also houses silver throne of Muhamad Ali Shah.
The main building of the imambara, topped by a golden dome, contains the tombs of ali Shah and his mother. Opposite the Hussainabad Imambara is Satkhanda and also known as Sven Storey Tower. A 67m-high defunct clock tower, overlooks the Hussainabad Tank nearby.
A silver railing encloses the graves of Muhammad Ali Shah and his mother. During Muharram, both the Imambadas are ablaze with illumination.