About Rumi Darwaza
The Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, is an imposing gateway which was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784 and is one of the most impressive architectural structures in India. It is an example of Awadhi architecture. The
word "Rumi" is derived from the modern day Rome that used to be Istanbul, the capital city of Eastern Roman Empire. It is adjacent to the Asafi Imambara in Lucknow and has become a logo for the city of Lucknow. It used to mark the entrance to Old Lucknow City,
but as the City of Nawabs grew and expanded, it was later used as an entrance to a palace which was later demolished by the British insurgents. The Rumi Darwaza of Lucknow is also known by the name of Turkish Gateway since it is supposed to be identical in
design to a similar gateway in ancient Constantinople.
Architecture of Rumi Darwaza
The Rumi Darwaza goes upto a staggering height of 60 feet. The uppermost part of Rumi Darwaza comprises of an octagonal Chatri (Umbrella) carved beautifully that can be accessed by a staircase.On top of the Rumi Darwaza was kept a huge lantern that would
light up the structure at night making it look absolutely fabulous. Little jets of water would rush out of the sides of the arch from beautifully carved flower buds thus making it look like a gateway to Paradise. The beautifully carved flowers and designs
speak volumes about the unique architectural style and eye for detail.