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Chattar Manzil, Lucknow Overview

Chattar Manzil or popularly known as Umbrella Palace was built by Nawab Ghazi Uddin Haider and was later on used by the ruler of Awadh and his wives. Located on the banks of the river Gomti, the building is a glowing example of Nawabi and European architecture.

The Chattar Manzil has large underground rooms and a huge chhatri adorning its dome. It has also made special appearances in the 2013 Bollywood flick, Jolly LLB 2. This palace was initially constructed in 1781 by Claude Martin, the French Major General of the time. Today, the Chattar Manzil sites the CDRI or the Central Drug Research Institute.

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Chattar Manzil Architecture

The famous Umbrella Palace or the Chattar Manzil hosts octagonal towers that hold up its signature umbrella-shaped dome. Formerly divided into the larger (bari) umbrella dome and the smaller (chhoti) one, the Chattar Manzil has preserved the Bari Chattar Manzil, embellished in gold.

This palace is a five-storied structure housing two basement storeys and a terrace that initially had two telescopes during colonial times. However, since the CDRI no longer resides here, talks about converting this Umbrella Palace into an Awadh Museum are ongoing. 

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