British Residency, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh- An Archaeological Repository

It was the fifth day of our stay in Uttar Pradesh. As planned and scheduled from the previous night, we got up early in the morning and started to make a travel to Lucknow. Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and a placed filled with royalty and ethnicity. As soon as we reached in Lucknow, we decided to pay a visit to the British Residency. The British Residency is a monument of great historical importance. The place is known to have witnessed the famous revolt of the year 1857 during the regime of British in our country. The revolt of 1857 marked the first struggle of independence by the native Indians from the clutched of British rule.The building is colored with red and the place holds a dignified part in the history of India. The cultural and ethnic significance of India as a country lies in its monuments and places of historic importance. I have a keen interest in history of the country as well as photography. So I carried my camera and went inside along with friends to capture few stills of the great Indian history.

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British Residency, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Image Resource :

During the time of revolt, the place used to be the dwelling place of around 2000 British refugees. According to some known sources, the building was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula of Awadh in the year 1775. The entire construction could not be completed during his period; therefore the remaining was redesigned and reconstructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. Now a days, the entire building is under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India. One can clearly see the marks of the cannon shots on the walls of the building. The British Residency is surrounded with lush green trees and thick vegetation of various dense shrubs from all four sides.

The best part to visit the Residency is during the day time, since as the sun sets, the place becomes more like a spooky residence. The silence engulfs the place and reminds the thrills and violence during the revolt of 1857. Although the building is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India, which is a Government-owned wing, the place has lost its archaeological significance. Whatever it is there in the place still has a lot of importance and attracts a lot of people from all over the world.


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