Thirumalai Nayak Palace
Thirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai Reviews
A lovely variety on the many temples southern India has to offer Sep 18, 2008
The Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in the 17th century by King Thirumalai Nayak. Thirumalai Nayak was one of the Madurai Nayak rulers when Madurai was a separate kingdom. The building, as it can be seen today, was the main palace where the king lived. However, the original palace complex was four times bigger than the present building. In the 17th century, this palace was considered to be one of the wonders of the south.
It is believed that Thirumalai Nayak recruited the services of an Italian architect for the construction of his palace. It is likely this architect was one of the many unknown European adventurers who swarmed the region before the British came. This would certainly explain the many European influences in the architecture of the palace.
This palace is a lovely variety on the many temples southern India has to offer, it’s certainly worth the trouble to hire a rickshaw an drop by. An hour is enough to see the palace.
Part of the Southern India 2008 travel blog
Part of the list The essentials of Southern India
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