The Banglore city has a great historical significance. This area which is today's vibrant Bangalore was once ruled by the great warrior Tipu Sultan. If you miss to visit the Tipu's Palace in Bangalore then you have missed a slice of the city's chequered past.
The Tipu's Palace is a landmark of Banglore and one of its prominent attractions. It is housed within a fort or rather remnants of a fort, known as Tipu's Fort. The fort was originally built by Chikkadeva Raya, but was later extended and rebuilt by Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. The fort lies in the busy crowded market area, and reflects of a historical era frozen in time…The layout and the architecture of the palace are simply marvelous, which gives the idea of the opulent lifestyle of the Kings those times.
The construction of the palace was started by Haider Ali-the father of Tipu Sultan- which Tipu Sultan completed in 1791, which earned the palace the name of Tipu's Palace. Tipu used it as his summer retreat. This beautiful palace has five sculpted arches and the walls are adorned with bright paintings and murals. Though the paintings and murals are a bit faded, but still they manage to cast a spell on the viewers. These murals and paintings take you close to those long-lost times. The palace is a two-storied wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies, bordered by gardens on both the sides, which lead to the entrance. The projecting balconies on the east and the west are the places from where Tipu Sultan conducted his affairs of state.
The palace is built entirely in teak wood and an inscription on the wooden screen tells us that it was called the 'Abode of Happiness'. British used this palace as their secretariat after the death of Tipu Sultan.
The palace also has an exhibition that showcases various artifacts, which serves as a testimony to the bravery of Tipu Sultan. The remnants of this once gracious palace now stand in the busy market place of city. Besides the palace, the other main attraction of the fort comprises of a marvelous temple of Lord Ganesha, which speaks volumes for Tipu Sultan's religious tolerance.
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Last Updated On: 2011/07/11