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This is the Maharaja's palace in Mysore, or at least a small part of it. It is not a very old building. An earlier, wooden palace was destroyed by fire in 1897, and this one, designed by a British-Indian architect, was finished in 1912.

My diary from my journey in 1988 reminded me that I found the interior more flashy than really beautiful. Many large mirrors, gilded stucco peacocks, marble floors, profusely ornamented giant gates made of pure silver, lots of decorated columns etc etc. It was no doubt impressive, but it left me rather indifferent.

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India after the Taj Mahal. Getting inside has been compared to checking into a very busy international airport. In my diary I likened it to lining up at the Lenin mausoleum in Moscow in Soviet days.

This photo must have been taken early in the day, when I found most of the palace closed except for a small part housing a museum. I returned in the afternoon to face the huge crowds.

Mysore was the capital of an independent kingdom founded around the late 14th century, keeping a certain independence even during British rule. The Maharajas of Mysore gained a reputation as among the more progressive and forward-thinking royal families, promoting education, science and arts. After Indian independence in 1947 the last Maharaja became the first Governor of the newly created Mysore state. His son was Mysore´s elected member of the Indian Parliament, representing the Congress Party, for several periods up to 2004.

When I first visited Mysore in 1973 I didn't think much of the city, but returning in 1988 it struck me that it looked much neater and better organized than most Indian cities and that there were remarkably many impressive public buildings. I learned that it was at least partly due to the long influence and support of the royal family.

In the WS you can see the palace by night, from a different angle. Another WS shows one of the many elegant public buildings of the city.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11819 W: 564 N: 22669] (98142)
  • Genre: Pessoas
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 1988-10-24
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-10-07 0:29
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