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The Palace Was Chowmahalla

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The Palace complex has Chowmahalla located in one of the most famous cities of India - Hyderabad was the official residence of the nizams (rulers) of Hyderabad state, which included territories of the present States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. All the most important ceremonies and celebrations were held in this complex.

The construction of this architectural masterpiece began in 1750, when the Nizam was Salabat Jung, but eventually was suspended. Construction work resumed after more than a hundred years - in 1857 when the ruler of the Asaf Jaha V, or as it is commonly called Afzali hell-Dawlah, and continued until his death in 1869. Originally the territory of the Palace complex covered an area of 180 thousand square meters, but over time this area has decreased, and today Chowmahalla is only 57 thousand square meters.

In Persian the word "chowmohalla" means "four palaces". Because of such a long period of creating this magnificent structure is a unique mix of architectural styles and trends. The complex has two courtyards of the huge dimensions of the North and South where the gardens and fountains equipped. The oldest part was Chowmahalla is the South courtyard, with the neoclassical style. The buildings that surround it, is divided into four parts: Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal. The Northern courtyard was built later, and there housed the public administration. This part is designed in Islamic style with lots of domes and arches and Persian ornaments. Also among the attractions was Chowmahalla are the clock Tower, the Council Hall, and the "heart" of the complex - Khilwat Mubarak, an enormous hall for the ceremonies, decorated with 19th amazing chandeliers of Belgian crystal.