The Malwala Palace in Hyderabad

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Malwala Palace is a palace built in 1845 located in Hyderabad, India. It is close to the historic Charminar. It was constructed in Mughal and Rajasthani style and Hyderabadi courtyard style.

The palace belongs to a noble family, the Malwala or the custodians of the Revenue Records (Daftar -i- Mal) of the erstwhile Hyderabad State.

The Malwala Palace is one of the few surviving wooden palaces of Hyderabad built in late Mughal and Rajasthani style.

It is known for its richly carved wooden pavilion. Barring the grand gateway, the palace complex has been reduced to rubble.

The complex has three components: the double-storeyed large residential quarters arranged around several smaller inner courtyards; the roadside block with a double-height semicircular gateway flanked by a pedimented side wing with Corinthian columns in European style; and finally the grand inner court with a fountain in the centre surrounded by wooden pavilions on two sides and overhanging wooden balconies with intricate on the other two sides.

It was an exquisite Diwan Khana made of huge Arches in lacquered wood and beautifully painted with vegetable dyes and two galleries about 80 Mtrs in length flanking the Diwan Khana on each side. The galleries housed the most priceless collection of antique Indian art and artefacts.

Another lesser-known fact about the Palace was its legendary library, which boasted of a collection of rare books and manuscripts from the 10th century A.D.

The Malwala Palace is unique in its extensive use of woodwork and as a specimen of a typical Hyderabad courtyard house. This is one of the important palaces belonging to Hyderabad’s erstwhile nobles.

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