Rumi Darwaza

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Coordinates: 26°51′38″N 80°54′57″E / 26.860556°N 80.915833°E / 26.860556; 80.915833

Rumi Darwaza
रूमी दरवाजा
رومی دروازه
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Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow During summer days at mid afternoon, when sun is top right up. Generally it's very busy lane, just during the Ramzan prayer time seems this place so vacant.
Location Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height 18 m (60 ft)
Built 1784
Architectural style(s) Mughal architecture
Rumi Darwaza is located in India
Rumi Darwaza
Location in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India

The Rumi Darwaza (Hindi: रूमी दरवाज़ा, Urdu: رومی دروازه, and sometimes known as the Turkish Gate), in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, is an imposing gateway which was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-daula in 1784.[1] It is an example of Awadhi architecture.[1] Being an entrance to the city of Lucknow, Russell, the reporter of The New York Times who accompanied the victorious British army that entered Lucknow in 1858, after India's First War of Independence, had called the stretch of road from Rumi Darwaza to Chattar Manzil the most beautiful and spectacular cityscape that he had ever seen, better than Rome, Paris, London and Constantinople.[citation needed] The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall,[2] was modeled (1784) after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul.[3]

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.


Rumi Darwaza or Roomi Gate in Lucknow

Rumi means Roman(related to the Roman empire). It is believed that the gate is called Rumi gate, simply because it was modeled after the gateways of then Constantinople or Modern Istanbul which during that time was the capital of Byzantine empire(Rome).

The Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow and the Persian philosopher and Poet Rumi have no connection.


This massive gate is situated between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. This place is generally very much busy all day, and during weekends most of the tourists visit. The streets are re developed as it was earlier constructed of hard brick roadways.


Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza @ Night

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  1. ^ a b "Rumi Darwaza - Lucknow". All India Tour Travel. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
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  3. ^ "Lucknow". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

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