Monday, May 14, 2012

Royal Palace, Thanjavur

The Royal Palace of Thanjavur was built durinr the reign of Nayak's sometime during mid 17th century. After the fall of Nayak's the place was ruled by Marathas. They further developed this palace and used it as their residence.

Marathas had control over this region even after British took over most of their kingdom.
The palace complex has several sections like Sadar Mahal Palace, the queen's courtyard and the Durbar Hall.

To understand how the place would have been in the olden days one has to see the Durball Hall. It is is beautifully painted and one can see several designs and patterns here.


In the complex there is also a huge 190 ft high tower with eight storeys and it is known as Goodagopuram. This was used as a watch tower and also the storage for armory during those days.

61 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful palace, Rajesh! Your photos are wonderful.

Snap said...

Beautiful! The tiles and color are so vivid!

Al said...

Astounding artwork, and great shots. That tower is awesome!

ladyfi said...

Wow! So ornate and fabulous.

Kim, USA said...

That is exquisite!
Kim,USA

Naveen Manomohanan said...

The Pictures are really lovely.... gives a very natural feel of we being there looking at the monument. Great job!!!

Abhinav said...

The paintings in the palace are awesome!

Krishna said...

excellent architecture....

nice caprure

thanks

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful and colourful palace.
Nice shots.

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Ingmarie We said...

Lovely photos and mosaic of the palace. Very interesting.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful pictures...

Rizalenio said...

Wow! The details are jawdropping. Every artist must see it.

Vee said...

Color and architecture that is so beautiful. Did you climb the high tower?

krishna said...

incredible!!! If you provide more historical notes, it'll very highly appriciated.

Liza said...

Amazing architecture. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ YACB

Carmel Cole said...

that is a beautiful tower. love the painting. a mellow yellow monday visit here. http://www.heartscontentofamama.com/2012/05/mommys-main-squeeze.html

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous palace, Rajesh! Incredible, beautiful designs! Superb captures as always!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

RNSANE said...

It is always a joy to visit your blog. I see so much that I missed in my four month India stay...all the more reason to return. This is an incredible place.

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George said...

The interior paintings in the palace are marvelous and beautiful. I also like that watch tower. It's truly unique.

NixBlog said...

Great photos of this magnificent palace!

Carver said...

The palace is splendid. Thanks for showing us this beautiful place.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful architecture and great photos!

magiceye said...

magnificent!!

Pietro said...

Really beautiful, Rajesh, splendid decorations and colors!

Leovi said...

Yes, A really nice photo, good framing, I love the Royal Palace in Thanjavur.

Arija said...

What a difference 500 years make! This palace is so ornate and well preserved. Just wonderful.

anthonynorth said...

Some excellent architecture on display here. And quite a skyscraper.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Amazing to see this. The paintings and designs of the Durball Hall are unbelievable! Thank you!

Genie said...

This is beautiful. All the painting and sculpture work unbelievable. Each week I wonder in amazement how long it took to construct these temples and palaces and how well they have endured the years. I would love to live in a royal palace like this one. genie

Jeevan said...

Your post inspiring to visit this palace which I hadn’t done during our last trip to Thanjavur . Marvelous photos and details on the wall sealing!

photowannabe said...

Amazing architecture of the watch tower and all the tile work on the palace is simply gorgeous.

Roger Owen Green said...

the interior is particularly REGAL!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Zuzana said...

The wall paintings are amazing. And that tower is some structure.;))
xoxo

Sridharan said...

This one place is eluding me for a while now.. Very nice pictures Rajesh..!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have to stop and think what was happening in this country in the 17th century -- we sure weren't building castles like that! We need to stop and think about that once in a while.

chubskulit said...

Love the angle on that last shot.


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

bluegrassnotes said...

Lovely photos--thanks

Eden said...

Impressive architecture, Beautiful photos

DeeBee L. said...

More beautiful architecture and paintings...the last tower is interesting...

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautiful. On the day we visited Thanjavur, we could not enter the complex.

Joy said...

Love the first photo, what a fabulous place, I like the contrast of the white carved exterior to the dazzlingly ornate interior.

Rajyalakshmi Vathyam said...

Thanjavur is a beautiful temple, not to speak of the spirituality that it evokes. Awesome pictures.

Hazel said...

Intricate arc.

wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful building and temple :-) beautiful views and pictures too :-) Dropping by from Mellow Yellow Monday


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Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this palace.

Nisha said...

panch mahal s a spectacular retreat.....missed ur posts due to my long blogging gap...agn experiencing a holiday mood thrgh ths....

Bushra said...

Art at it's best! Beautiful captures!

shooting star said...

it is indeed a beautiful palace..during our south india tour last year, we saw beautiful photos of this palace at the TTDC hotel foyers....husband promised me that we will visit this palace sometime in future :)

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Hema Raajen said...

Wonderful pictures, Rajesh. Keep clicking !

ajeethboaz said...

Great shots...

sushmitha said...

Wow. Awesome Captures. Thanks for sharing !!!

Arnab Maity said...

The interiors are gorgeous!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I knew only about the temple, not palace

Arumugam Easwar said...

Nice coverage. I like the pictures; they're so lovely.

Hema Raajen said...

Wonderful clicks and am proud to say I have been to this city often. Thanks Rajesh, for sharing this outstanding art and architecture, exposing them vide your awesome captures.

My request is, kindly upload pictures of Peria koil and Gangai konda cholapuram too. Thanks.

Vallabh Kulkarni said...

nice photos and beautiful paintings..

Indiawilds said...

Nice. Some details about the place would have been even better.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

nice captures

Neelam Dadhwal said...

That is India beautiful

Rajesh said...

Thank you for appreciating the beautiful palace.