THIRUMALAI NAYAKKAR MAHAL
Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Tirumala Nayaka, a king of Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure.
Over a span of 400 years many parts of the buildings were suffered much by time, and not inconsiderably… by the destructive effects of war; a few, however, are sufficiently in repair to be converted into use by the garrison, as granaries, store-houses, powder magazines during the time of East India Company. King Thirumalai Nayak’s grandson had demolished much of the fine structure and removed most of the jewels and woodcarvings in order to build his own palace in Tiruchirapalli. However Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras, had partially restored the palace in 1866-72, and the subsequent restoration works carried out several years ago, today, we get to see the Entrance Gate, The Main Hall, and the Dance Hall.