Rumi Darwaza Overview

Ranked 7 of 162 sightseeing in Lucknow

Rumi Darwaza was commissioned by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, under the 'Food for Work' program initiated by him to bring respite to the city’s population that was suffering from famine.

Sometimes known as the Turkish Gate, it is an example of Awadhi architecture. Completed in the year 1784, the gateway that stands 60 feet tall was modelled as per the gateways of the then Constantinople or Modern Istanbul.

Its uppermost part, which can be approached by a staircase, consists of an eight faceted cenotaph. From the modern day Rome that used to be Istanbul, the capital city of the Eastern Roman Empire, the word 'Rumi' is derived.

Once the entrance to the walled city area of Lucknow, the gateway finds mention in the report published by George Russell, who worked as a reporter of ‘The New York Times’ in the mid-19th century.

To light up the structure at night, a huge lantern was kept at the top of the gateway. From beautifully carved flower buds placed on the sides of the arch, little jets of water used to rush out.

The gateway has been adorned with beautifully carved flowers and designs. Having no other supplementary fittings of wood or iron to support it from outside, the structure stands to the west of Bara Imambara.

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Western gate & quite decorated

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Rumi Darwaza

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Aug 17

It has hundreds of windows and niches

It has hundreds of windows and niches  Video Review

Rumi Darwaza

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

462 reviews

Used as regular road

The rumi darwaza is in front of bara imambara. A regular route used for vehicular traffic. On one side the architectural design needs to be appreciated.
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Er. rahul

Er. rahul4.3/5

184 reviews

Rumi darwaza

The Rumi Darwaza was built in 1784-86 and is a 60 feet high entrance, with no visible supporting fittings. It is also known as the Turkish Gate and displays Awadhi architectural style.
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Sagar Manik

Sagar Manik3.6/5

7 reviews

Poems Relieved

Made on an unexpected road which is 24x7 open for people to use. This is a piece of architecture that revives the poems of Jalaluddin Rumi.If you've ever read and loved his writings this is the place to visit.Doesn't require any special entry fees or anything its just a beauty standing in the bustling roads of Lucknow.Surrounded by many street food stalls, so you can bite on some nice snacks when around.Overall it's a must visit for any tourist/visitors who finds themselves in Lucknow.

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Deepika vinika

Deepika vinika5.0/5

51 reviews

Nawabi darwaza!

It's a royal door! Architecture is at its best. This door is located between Bara Imambara and chota Imambara.From back side of Rumi door, there isn't much architecture. From front side it's Royal door.

Srijan Srivastava

Srijan Srivastava4.3/5

114 reviews

Nice place to see

This 60-feet high structure was built by Nawab Asaf ud Daulah in 1786 and stands to the west of the Bara Imambara. It is said that it was supposed to be the replica of another such gate in Istanbul (erstwhile Constantinople) in the named room,And hence, the name 'Rumi'. It marked the end of Machchi Bhavan Complex and the beginning of Husainabad.

Vijai Misra

Vijai Misra3.6/5

30 reviews

Lucknow's entry point

The Gate connects Chhota Imambara with the main city. Built during Awadh Nawabs' rule the gate reflects the grandeur of the city. Bara Imambara is the closest structure before you move to the other parts of the city - a must visit for travellers to Lucknow.

Basab Ray chaudhuri

Basab Ray chaudhuri3.6/5

130 reviews

Structural marvel

Magnificent monument stands to the west of Bara Imambara. Built in 1786 by Asaf -ud -Daula. This 60 ft lofty entrance doesn't have any supplementary fittings to support from outside. While visiting Lucknow, you must visit this splendid structure.

Satish Tripathi

Satish Tripathi3.9/5

35 reviews

Rumi Darwaza is signature of Awadhi architecture and face of Lucknow

This historical gate is situated in Hussainabad area of Lucknow, on the road joining Bara Imambara and Chhota Imambara. This welcoming gate is a pattern of typical Awadhi architecture created by the Nawab of Awadh. It symbolizes the face of Lucknow. Resembles Buland Darwaza of Fatehpur Sikri, having three pass ways beneath it. Picture of this gate is always shown in the tourist map of the city. One should just not hurriedly pass through this gate, but stay a little at this spot and try to watch its unique architecture. Its really marvellous monument.

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Shefali Rattan

Shefali Rattan3.6/5

11 reviews

Just a place to visit

You can easily see it from entrance of bada Imambara, you need to cross it while going to Chowk area or Chhota Imambara. Its not a tourist spot as such it has busy roads and a clock tower and loads of crowd around it.

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Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow
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