AVADH and the Navabs in the 1800's

(*The story begins in the 1700's...*)
"Oude," in the northern half of Section 7; and here are some *Lucknow city maps*
After the brief, contested reign of Vazir 'Ali (r.1797-98) came a second Saadat 'Ali (r.1798-1814); he built the Khurshid Manzil and much else
Saadat 'Ali also built the Dilkusha Palace, outside the city, for which he chose a British architect
Then Ghazi ud-Din Haidar (r.1814-27) claimed (with British encouragement) independence from the Mughal Emperor; he built the "Chattar Manzil" palace
The Shah Najaf imambara, where Ghazi ud-Din Haidar was buried
Nasir ud-Din Haidar (r.1827-37), Ghazi ud-Din's successor, also entertained British dinner guests
Farhat Bakhsh, the official royal residence during this period, had originally been built by Claude Martin, then was bought and augmented by the Navabs
The Husainabad Imambara, built by the next Navab, Muhammad 'Ali Shah (r.1837-42),
The famous gate of the whole Husainabad Imambara complex
The old *Residency* grounds also contained a beautiful Imambara
After Amjad Ali Shah (r.1842-47) came Vajid 'Ali Shah (r.1847-56), the last Navab of Avadh: for a British view of  his colorful court see *The Private Life of an Eastern King*
Vajid 'Ali Shah built the huge and elaborate Qaisarbagh Palace, which became a major British objective in the course of retaking Lucknow in 1857
He also built the the Sikandar Bagh palace and garden, scene of extremely bloody fighting in 1857
During the Rebellion of 1857, Prince Birjis Qadar briefly claimed the throne, and minted coins with the traditional fish symbol
Muharram processions in Lucknow, 1998

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