Purani Haveli Palace located at Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi in Hyderabad. It was the residence of Mir Momen, the Prime Minister of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, ruler of Hyderabad during the Qutub Shahi dynasty in the late 16th century and then in the 18th century second Nizam, Asaf Jah II renovated the palace for his son Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam of Hyderabad, but he did not stay here.
Then on this building is called as Purani Haveli. In the19th century this palace got its former glory when Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad made it as his main residence.Purani Haveli is one of the palaces that are hosted by the Nizams which were built more than 200 years ago, in other translated words called as “Old Quarters”. It is still having its glory and stands as a wonderful edifice that is representative of India’s rich and diverse history, because of its melding of two culture’s architectural styles.
Speaking about the architecture of the palace, it is U-shaped complex with a central single storeyed building representing the 18th century European architecture. The courtyard, however, is distinctly Indian, forming a comfortable amalgamation of aesthetics between the two. The central palace is flanked by two parallel double storeyed oblong wings, nearly 1000 feet long; the western wing, in particular, has what is said to be the world’s longest wardrobe. It is built in two levels, with a hand-cranked wooden elevator in place. Both wings have extremely well-proportioned courtyards that are surrounded by many rooms and verandas with semi-circular European arches. Certain rooms still have their tiled walls and mosaic flooring intact, while their multiple colours still recall the old glory of the palace.
Purani Haveli also hosts the Nizam’s museum which has the collection of artifacts, souvenirs, gifts, and mementos given by the different dignitaries of the world to the last Nizam. It also includes some royal things like vintage cars on display, including a 1930 Rolls-Royce, a Packard, and a Jaguar Mark V.
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