Visited Thirumalai Nayak palace recently and thought of sharing the great architecture that this palace portrays. This palace was funded by king Thirumalai Nayak and built by Italian architect during 17th century.
This is considered as one of the wonders of the south India. The palace what we see today is the main palace where King Thirumalai Nayak lived. The actual structure is four times bigger than what we see today. The below picture currently displayed in palace museum portrays the earlier view of the palace which highligts the vastness and majestic look of the palace
Original view of the Palace
This palace has been built on Dravidian and Islamic style, a rare combo in the building structure that was erected in 17th century
Islamic Architecture design in the Palace
The pillars are the highlights which brings our attention immediately when we enter the palace. The whole structure stands with the help of these giant pillars . Each pillar measures width of size 19 feet and height measuring maximum of 82 feet. The below pictures gives a glimpse of these giant pillars in the palace
The other highlight is the tomb construction in the palace. When we enter the museum in the palace, we could explicitly see how tomb is constructed starting from pillar till it’s top. I felt the construction is more expressive and not hidden. Its like row of trees on both the sides with the branches leading to the top.
Pillars leading to the curve reaching the top of the tomb
This palace has a sound and light show in the evening. This show plays the specific snippet from the story of “Silappathikaram”. It is worthwhile to watch this as sound and light move to-gether when the play is performed.
Sound and Light show in the palace
If you are planning to visit this palace, please plan to drop-in by 4 PM so that you can have a visit of the palace till 5 PM and enjoy the sound and light show in the evening starting at 6:45 PM.
Well, the main objective of writing this blog is to highlight the important architecture of this palace through my camera view which should inculcate interest (artistic/architecture interest) in you to visit this palace. Even though the palace has went through a span of nearly 400 years with lot of devastation, the remain of the palace is still worth to be watched. I have enjoyed visiting this place and hence thought of sharing with you all