Inspiring Jagatjit Singh palace, Kapurthala, Punjab, India - designed by a French architect M. Marcel

Jagatjit Singh palace, Kapurthala, India.

Durbar Hall, Jagatjit Singh palace, Kapurthala, India, Native

Jagtjit palace interior, Kapurthala, India 

 1984 photo Jagatjit Singh palace (sainik school), Kapurthala,

The Jagatjit Palace of the erstwhile Maharajah of the princely state of Kapurthala (now part of Punjab state), India is a beautiful building and was the official residence of the ruler.  After India's independence from Britain, Kapurthala joined the Indian Union after August 1947.  Constructed by Maharajah Jagatjit Singh of the Ahluwalia dynasty in a  huge plot covering 200  acres of land, it is an amazing  palace designed by the French architect  M. Marcel. The French man designed the structure using the Palace of Versailles and Fontainebleau as the model for this palace imparting distinctive French architectural features.  The surrounding lush green garden is similar to the French building.  Among the different parts of the palace, the most splendid one is the audience hall or Durbar Hall (Diwan-E-Khas ). It is considered as one of the finest  and fascinating halls in India and its grandeur is enhanced by the proper handling of  Plaster of Paris figures and painted ceilings. representing  the best of French art and architecture.  Because of 
1903 image. Maharajah Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthla, Punjab, India.

impressive embellishment, fine workmanship, it took 8 years to finish the construction work. It was completed only in 1908. The palace  has lots of imported art work from  Europe in particular from France, Italy, Holland. The Sainik school was opened in the palace in July 1961 by the then Defense Minister Sri V.K. Krishna Menon to prepare young students for the country's military services. - for entry into National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla. Every year roughly 100 students are admitted to the school based on competitive exams and interview .. 
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