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Lucknow - gateway to Bara Imambara
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLucknow - gateway to Bara Imambara - Credit: Shoaib Husain

Today the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow rose to prominence as the home of the nawabs (Muslim noblemen) of Awadh.  The city remained under their control for about a century after the decline of the Mughal empire. Lucknow is consequently rich in Islamic arts and Urdu literature, and still holds a reputation as a city of learning and culture.  

Lucknow suffered greatly during the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. See bookmark for p.73.