Rumi Darwaza

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 in Lucknow
LocationLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates26.860556°N 80.915833°E / 26.860556; 80.915833
Height18 m (60 ft)
Architectural style(s)Mughal architecture
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 Muslim philosopher and scholar maulana Rumi. It is believed that the gate is called Rumi gate after a 13th-century Muslim Sufi mystic, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.[4]


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 redeveloped as it was earlier constructed of hard brick roadways.

See also


  1. "Rumi Darwaza - Lucknow". All India Tour Travel. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  3. "Lucknow". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  4. "Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow". Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. Cock, J.K. de (1910), [Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India], OCLC 884960330

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