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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

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] The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall,[2] was modeled (1784) after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul.[3]

Rumi Darwaza
रूमी दरवाजा
رومی دروازه
Rumi Darwaza bnw.jpg
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.
LocationLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height18 m (60 ft)
Architectural style(s)Mughal architecture
Rumi Darwaza is located in India
Rumi Darwaza
Location in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India

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 means Roman (i.e., related to the Roman empire). It is believed that the gate is called Rumi gate simply because it was modeled after the gateways of Istanbul, which under the name Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. (There is no connection with the Persian poet Rumi, other than the fact that both names ultimately derive from "Rome".)


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 during night. Heavy traffic all the time.
Rumi Darwaza or Roomi Gate in Lucknow
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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