Architecture of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace is well-known around the country for its beautiful architecture. Every part of the palace is intricately designed and decorated which speaks much about the craftsmen of those times. The palace is truly an architectural marvel as it combines Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian styles of architecture.

Architecture of Jai Vilas Palace

The most popular attraction of the palace is the Durbar hall, which is beautifully decorated with gold furnishings. The hall has one of the largest chandeliers of the world, which is believed to be the heaviest in Asia. The center has a large dining table which has a silver train that was used as a table trolley for serving food to the people.

Other attractions of the palace include reading rooms, drawing rooms, JSM hall, and breakfast room.

The layout of the Jai Vilas Palace is reflective of the colonial period portraying the strong British influence on India. Designed by the well-known architect Sir Michael Filose (Mukhel Sahib), the magnificent palace is a prime example of European architecture, bringing together myriad experiences the great Sardar had on his tour of the West. The first floor is fashioned in Tuscan style, while the second and third floors are inspired from the Italian-Doric and Corinthian methods respectively. All 400 rooms are furnished with Italian marble flooring, Persian carpets, ornamental accessories and rare antiquities from France, China and Italy.

Architecture of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace Architecture

A unique feature of the Palace is an elongated dining table, on which a silver train with cut glass carriages is rallied around to serve delicacies, after-dinner brandy or cigars to important delegates during get-togethers. The backrests of the chairs at the dining table are emblazoned with the royal crest of Gwalior, indicating the meticulously executed hard work undertaken to beautify the stately home.

Perhaps the most talked-about embellishment is the pair of custom-made chandeliers that Mukhel Sahib ordered from Vienna. Each chandelier is 40 feet high and weighs 3.5 tonnes, the third largest chandeliers in today’s world. The late Maharani Vijayraje Scindia, the wife of Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia, seemed to be particularly impressed by the chandeliers as she wrote in her autobiography: “Mukhel Saheb (Sir Michael Filose) Sahib saw to it that most of the other things in his palace matched the durbar hall in scale and splendour, and nowhere else is his propensity for the grandiloquent more in evidence than in the crystal chandeliers he ordered for the durbar hall from Vienna. The two main ones which are very nearly a pair are said to be the largest ever made, with the possible exception of the one which hangs in the Czar’s winter palace outside Moscow.”

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