Friday, February 11, 2011

HYDERABAD ( CHOWMAHALLA PALACE )



CHOWMAHALLA PALACE(contd..)


SOUTHERN COURTYARD

  • The oldest part of the complex currently under restoration, comprises of the four palaces Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal.

  • Of these the Aftab Mahal is the grandest of them all and is a two storied building with a European fa├žade of Corinthian columns and a parapet without pediment.



NORTHERN COURTYARD

  • The northern courtyard has been painstakingly restored and is now open to the public. The highlights of this area are the Bara Imam - a long corridor of rooms on the east side that once housed the administrative wing. And the Shishe-Alat or quite literally, the shishe or mirror image which was once used as guest rooms for officials accompanying visiting dignitaries.


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