Located about 5 kilometers from Charminar, the Falaknuma Palace is well known for its architecture and for housing the largest Venetian chandeliers. The Palace has 40 beautiful Venetian chandeliers. Often referred to as the Mirror of the Sky, the Falaknuma Palace is 2000 feet tall.
History of Falaknuma Palace
Built by the Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Nawab Vikar-ul-Ulmara, the Falaknuma Palace is believed to be built over a period of seven long years. The palace was gifted to the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mehboob Ali Khan.
Description of Falaknuma Palace
Covering an area of 9, 39 712 square meters, the Falaknuma Palace is designed by a famous Italian architect who combined Italian and Tudor architecture to build a marvelous piece of art.
The palace is shaped like a scorpion with two stings stretching outwards. The main building of the palace in located at the centre while the kitchen and the harem are built in the southern parts.
The stained glass windows, a library with a special walnut carved roof, the Venetian chandeliers, the carved rosewood furniture and the green leather upholstery combines to make the Falaknuma Palace a grand example of an extraordinary monument of Hyderabad.
The marbled staircase leads to the upper floors of the palace where the ceilings are carved with frescos. The two ton organ in the ball room is a special feature of the Falaknuma Palace.
The Palace houses a wide and varied collection of rare paintings, furniture, manuscripts, best collection of Qurans in India and statues.