The Mattancherry Palace

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Bazaar Road, Cochin, India

The Mattancherry Palace Cochin Reviews

Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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Nice, but quite dilapidated Sep 22, 2008
In 1555 the Portuguese built this Mattancherry Palace and presented it to the raja of Chochin as a gesture of goodwill (and also to secure trading privileges, no doubt).

Years later, the Portuguese occupiers left en the Dutch took their place. They renovated the run-down Palace in 1663, since then it’s locally referred to as the Dutch Palace.

The outside of the palace has had better days, probably a couple of hundred years ago. It all looks quite dilapidated. The inside has some beautiful murals, but the exposition of what is left of the palace is small and can only keep you busy for about ten minutes.

Since the Dutch Palace is near Jew Town, it might be nice to stop by when you have some time to kill. Otherwise, you won’t miss anything huge if you miss it.
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hennahands says:
In my opinion this review really understates the beauty and detail in the murals inside of this somewhat plain looking building. These beautiful murals depict scenes from the Ramayana,a very important Hindu text, plus sevral murals of various gods and goddesses. It was ridiculously cheap to enter (something like 20 rupees, not the usual indian/tourist price markup) and kept us busy for over an hour. There are examples of half-sketched murals which help you envision the process, plus tons of information on Keralan culture. Also are several examples of royal artifacts ie swords, jewelry, royal umbrellas, coins ect. If you are in Cochin DO NOT MISS IT!!
Posted on: Aug 10, 2011
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