Photographer's Note

Asfi Masjid or Asfi Mosque is among the prime tourist attraction of Lucknow. Asfi Masjid or Asfi Mosque is the part of famous Islamic monument Bara Imambara of the Lucknow.

Lucknow Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula has started construction of Bara Imambara in 1785 with prime object of generating employment for the natives. This took about six years [ work complete in 1791] and an investment of nearly one million rupees for creating this fabulous Islamic monument.

Asfi Masjid, shrine named after the Nawab’s name is a construction inside the Bara Imambara. Asfi Masjid or Asfi Mosque is the last monument constructed without use of Iron and any help from the Europeans experts of building construction.

This might surprise many visitors to notice “Non Muslim is prohibited to enter the mosque” sign board just outside the Asfi Masjid Lucknow.

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Additional Photos by Mrityunjoy Chatterjee (mrichat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 145 W: 19 N: 243] (1755)
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