Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hazarduari Palace of Murshidabad in black and white

Hazarduari Palace of Murshidabad in blackand white
As the name 'Hazarduari' suggests, this palace of thousand doors by the bank of River Bhagirathi, built in 19th century during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah, is presently under the authority of Archaeological Survey of India and houses a museum displaying the collections of Nawabs consisting of furnitures, oil paintings, arms, statues, rare books and manuscripts. Hazarduari, the lone monument that has drawn Murshidabad into historical cum tourist map of India, is a good example of Indo-European architecture, strongly reminiscent of Italian style, as evident from its huge flight of stairs at the front, colossal pillars and the facade of the building! Hazarduari palace was used holding the durbar, other official works of the Nawabs and also for the residence of high ranking British officials. The Durbar hall with its lofty dome adorned with fine stucco ornamentation, is the most attractive feature of this monument. I must mention that I read somewhere, out of thousand doors, only 100 are real doors. I thought "black and white" will do proper justice to its historical aura but never mind, I'll post a color photograph of this Hazarduari palace in a couple of days where you can see the garden surrounding it and also the clock tower of the Nizamat campus.

3 comments:

  1. Apart from color picture, I'd love to see the architecture in close quarters if you have any pic of those.

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    1. I can only show you whatever you can see here from a closer view because camera was not allowed inside the palace :(

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