The colossal structure of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal was erected by King Thirumalai Nayak and showcases a magnificent concoction of the Islamic and Dravidian style of architecture. This illustrious monument was constructed to mark the shift of the king’s capital from Tiruchi to Madurai, which was done for administrative and strategic reasons. In its glorious years, the Palace was considered to be one of the wonders of South India as it used to be four times bigger than the actual edifice. Currently, only one-fourth of the structure is intact. But the enduring charm of the King's palace continues to enthrall tourists and historians alike. The Interior of the palace is richly decorated and surpasses many of its Indian contemporaries in scale while the exterior is treated in a more ascetic style. The impressive structure was created using foliated brickwork, beautiful stucco mixed with egg whites to obtain a lustrous finish. Upon entering the palace, the huge central courtyard surrounded by massive circular pillars can be seen, which now has been turned into a circular garden. The palatial structure is famous for its giant pillars.
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