Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
The Falaknuma palace is one of the finest palaces of Hyderabad. Palace is situated 2000 feet high,towards the south,about 5km from Charminar was built by Nawab Viqar-ul-Umara,the fifth Ameer of the Paigah.The palace was designed by an Italian architect and was constructed for 9 long years totally with Italian marble. The palace boasts of one of most lavishly decorated interiors A special pavilion forms a museum of art treasures collected from various Indian States.The palace has priceless collections of paintings,statues and English furniture. the jade collection of the palace is considered to be unique in the world .
Falaknuma palace was purchased by Nizam VI in 1897 and was used as a royal guest house has a commanding view of the entire city.The splendour of Falaknuma Palace and lavish hospitality became famous through out India.
The interiors of the palace is beautifully done with costly draperies and furniture.The walls are artistically painted and decorated, the staircase leading to the upper floor is supported with carved balustrades and marble figures. It's got a well established library containing a most valuable collection of manuscripts and printed books.
On the walls of the landing are excellent oil paintings of the Asaf Jahi family, past ministers and notable personages, the whole forming a very interesting historical picture gallery which adds greatly to the imposing effect of the staircase.
The Palace is now the private property of Wala Shah Nawab Mukarram Jah Bahadur, grandson of the seventh Nizam. One of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, the monument is situated on a hill 2000 feet high, located 5 Km. south of Charminar. Built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the fifth Paigah Emir, it was purchased by Nizam VI in 1897 as was used as a royal guest house and is now the property of Nawab Mukarramjah Bahadur, the grandson of Nizam VII.
The palace was designed by an Italian architect and its foundation was laid on the 3rd of March, 1884, it took 9 years to complete the construction of the Palace. The palace boasts of one of the most lavishly decorated interiors.
This exquisite palace made of Italian marble was built by one of the Paigah nobles Nawab Vicar Ul Umra in 1892. A majesty testimony to the glory of the Nizams, it stands atop a hill 2000 feet high. It has often been referred to as the 'Mirror of the Sky'. The palace was designed by a Italian architect and follows a western architectural style. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures collected by the Nizam including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The Jade collection of the Palace is considered to be unique in the world.
The palace is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building and the kitchen and harem quarters stretch to the south. The Nawab being an avid traveller, various influences show on the palace architecture Louis XIV-style decor co-exists with a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains. Its glass stained windows throw a spectrum of colors into the rooms. The palace has a library with a walnut carved roof, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the holy Quran in India.