Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s Kaisarbagh Palace Lucknow, 1897 Postcard

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's Kaisarbagh Palace Lucknow, 1897 PC

An 1897 postcard of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s Kaisarbagh Palace in Lucknow. Wajid Ali Shah built the Kaisarbagh Palace in Lucknow in 1847. This sprawling Kaiserbagh Palace was once a town-in-a-town sort of a complex.

Among the Nawabs of Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah was the most colourful of them all. He built the Kaisarbagh Palace between 1827 to 1837 and intended to make it the 8th wonder of the world. And indulged it with stylish pillars, sprawling courtyards, magnificent markets, grand Mosques with towering minarets, and so on.

Wajid Ali Shah was surrounded by his harems, royal buildings, etc. But the British had a different design, the East Company’s soldiers ransacked the Palace. A major part of it was destroyed by the British forces after the Revolt of 1857. It was in retaliation for his mutinous leaning and support towards the Indian sepoy rebellion. Thereafter banishing him to Calcutta (Kolkata).

Read more about Living Out Loud: Great Indian Palaces.

Did you know- Wajid Ali had 75 wives when he was banished to Calcutta. 

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