Tirumalai Nayak Palace
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Tirumalai Nayak Palace information
What the Meenakshi Temple is to Nayak religious architecture, Tirumalai Nayak's palace is to the secular. Although it’s said to be only a quarter of its original size, its massive scale and hybrid Dravidian-Islamic style still make quite an impression and testify to the lofty aspirations of its creator. You enter from the east. A large courtyard surrounded by tall, massive columns topped with fancy stucco work leads through to the grand throne chamber with its 25m-high dome. Off this is a museum with stone carvings and archaeological exhibits.