The Palace which challenged Gravity: Bara Imambara



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Are you looking for Bara Imambara? then to check out this post.  All of us are fascinated by gravity-defying stuff, right? They just seem to urge us for a second thought about how everything could possibly have been arranged. Often there are clever tricks to achieve this illusion. But what if an entire palace is gravity-defying?

Bara Imambara: The Ancient Architecturing Marvel

This palace is an 18th-century construction situated at Lucknow, the capital of the state Uttar Pradesh of India. This was constructed when India was under the Mughal reign. Its architecture isn’t completely Mughal inspired one, rather a beautiful combo of some European elements fused with the Arabic style.

It was built following a famine that struck the kingdom. The king ordered its construction to make employment available to poor farmers. Its construction was made under the guidance of the best architects and engineers at that time. It is said that the workers used to toil hard during the daytime, whereas the architects and engineers used to plan the technology and design at night, to avoid any kind of plagiarism. They wanted to keep their techniques as hard-core secrets.

The Euro-Arabic architecture of this palace.
The Euro-Arabic architecture of this palace.

How it defies gravity?

The reason why this palace is gravity-defying is that was built without using any peripheral or external support of beams or pillars. A 50 by 15 metres corridor was built by eight hollow spaces which are adjacent to the walls. Each space is different roof height. Any murmurs in this space echo up to the other end, into the balcony. It is due to such mesmerizing facts that its construction methods were kept a secret.

The interiors of Bara Imambara
The interiors of Bara Imambara

Not only this, many tunnels have been discovered from this palace which connects it to places like Delhi, Faizabad, and Allahabad. But, those have been now blocked for tourists as there was news of many explorers who went missing in an attempt to discover all the tunnels paths.

Also, its entrance isn’t a common entrance, but rather a maze, or labyrinth type construction. Hence it is advised to the tourists to always take a reliable guide with them. Getting lost in the halls is actually quite common here!

Bara Imambara's entrance
Bara Imambara’s entrance

This ancient marvel is today known worldwide as the biggest structure without well-defined supports and without using metal or wood in its entire construction. It still attracts a lot of admirers and tourists each year to explore its secrets and wonders, and how its making is still a mystery today, in this modern world fuelled by the latest tech.


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