Shah Najaf Imambara is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Lucknow. The monument was built by Nawab Gazi-ud-din Haider, the fifth Nawab of Awadh in 1816-17 as a mausoleum to house his body after his death. According to his wish, he is buried here along with his three wives Sarfaraz Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal and Mubarak Mahal.
The magnificent building, with a huge shrine with a large white dome, is surrounded by a boundary wall and is located on the bank of Gomti river close to the present day Sahara Ganj Shopping Mall. A distinguishing feature of the Imambara is that it has a remarkable similarity with Imam Hazrat Ali Rausa at Nazaaf city in Iraq.
The central hall is exquisitely decorated with historical photos and other mementos. The Nawab entered into an agreement with the British government and paid it a huge amount of money for the decoration and maintenance of the mausoleum.