We help you explore Lucknow better with five edifices that are no lesser than a heritage of the city but they are hardly talked about.
It is called so because it is being used chiefly during the Friday prayers at a large scale. Situated west to the Husainabad Imamabara, this is yet another spectacular place. Like all the other mosques, this mosque is also constructed with the minarets and three domes and the largest one is in the middle. This was commenced by Mohd. Ali Shah and he intended to surpass the mosque built by Asaf-ud-Duala in the Muchee Bhawan, but the King died before its completion. A surviving member of the royal family called Begum Mulka Jehan resumed the work and completed it.
The edifice stands on an elevated basement with an open platform in front, fitted with lavatories for use of the worshippers, the floor is a marble pavement and the walls are beautifully ornamented with the arches coloured in stucco.
Saat khunda or Seven-storied, having been originally designed as such, stands at West of the Husainabad Tank in an unfinished circular tower. It was commenced by Mohamed Ali Shah for a watch tower, from where he might survey the extent and magnificence of his palatial domain, but the tower reached only its fourth storey when the King died and the work was stopped.
Far beyond the Husainabad in a Northerly direction is the garden which is high-walled enclosure comprising of total area of 7-8 acres. It is remarkable for its elevation above the surrounding level especially towards the river. It was laid out as a garden by Asaf-ud-Duala but the house was built by Sadat Ali Khan who made it as his favourite country residence. About 300 yards towards the North flows the River Gomti whose opposite bank is said to have been the scene of many fights of the beasts that were once witnessed by the couturiers from the palace. The building is in the English style and is said to have designed and constructed by General Martin. Within the garden is a low-walled enclosure which contains the tomb of Captain. T.Wale, who raised and commanded the 1st Sikh Irregular Cavlary,. He was killed in action on 21st March 1858.
The road over Bruce’s Bridge, east of the Chutter Munzil leads into the Badshah Bagh, which is a garden of great extent surrounded by high walls. It is entered on three sides by the lofty gateways and was a Royal Garden laid out by Nasir-ud-din Haider. In the center of this garden there is a substantial stone edifice partly 2 storyed, with an open arcades hall at the back, its front has round towers at the angels and faces South. The edifice is well-adapted for the festive gatherings like picnics. In the North of the building is a large Masonry tank spanning about the center by an iron bridge and rounded with gravel. On the left side of the garden are the numerous fruit trees and decorative shrubs which were once sacred to the ladies residing there.
Or Pearl Palace was built by Sadat Ali Khan lies on the right bank of Gomti lying above the Shah Najuf. Moti-Mahal is named after a favourite Begum (Wife) of Queen. This is now the property of the Maharani of Bulrampore. It was built by the Sadat Ali Khan and forms the Northern part of the enclosure that contains Shah Munzil and Mobaarl Munzil or the royal hall built along the River Ghazi-ud-Haider. Within the confines of this building combats between tigers, rhinos and between the Rhinos which were to be watched from a safe distance.