The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow is the Bara Imambara - bara meaning big and imambarameaning a shrine. It was built by the fourth Nawab, Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula, in the year 1784 and is a blend of Arabic and European architecture. The surrounding of the palace also includes a mosque and a step-well - bowli.
The main hall was constructed exclusively with interlocking brick-work and is famous for its mysterious architecture of “Bhulbhulaiya- a dense maze”. This labyrinth is made of more than 1,000 narrow staircase passages meant to prevent any possible intruders. One can roam around the clandestine maze; preferably with an official guide. And alongside one can also explore the adjacent mosque and stunning gardens.
It has been Constructed by 22,000 people. It is noted that the ordinary people worked during the day time at the construction site, noble men and courtiers, to make ends meet, worked in the nights so that they would not be identified.
Defying Palace at Lucknow can be visited any time of the year.