Another Tipu Sultan Palace

This is Tipu’s local palace, built inside the fortified city of Bangalore around 1791.The outside walls are masonry and the inside is wooden. It’s open air on 2 sides, with graceful fluted columns, and almost solid masonry on the other 2 sides, with small windows. It gives the appearance if being 1 story; however, once inside (out of the glare of sunlight), you can see a perfectly symmetrical mezzanine level, accessible by wooden stair cases in each corner. Some painted surfaces (ceilings, wall recesses) remain, so it’s easy to imagine it as it once was. There is a formal garden on one side and an adjacent temple. I really think Tipu had great taste in small palaces…

Approaching the front, open air side:


The side wall viewed from the garden:


Inside, among the columns:


From the corner stairway:


Painted ceiling:


Painted alcove:


Adjacent temple:


View from mezzanine looking out:



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3 responses to “Another Tipu Sultan Palace

  1. You can really see the Persian influence. The Persians gave the style and took the Peacock Throne. Seems like a fair exchange.

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