Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace is located in the heart of the city. Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. Being one of the largest palaces in the country, it is also known as Amba Vilas Palace, which was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharajas of the Mysore state. The original palace built of wood got burnt down in 1897 and was rebuilt in 1912.The present Palace is built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. Designed by the well-known British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The palace is now converted into a museum that treasures souvenirs, paintings, jewelry, royal costumes, and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars.