Series 3: Treasure troves of Chennai Posted on December 20th, 2016 by Saibala Grand

The amazing Chepauk Palace is spread across 117 acres of land and is built in Indo-Saracenic style which was completed during 1768. Chapauk palace was the residence of Nawab of Arcot which is now being used by the Public Works Department (PWD) and is also the office for the Revenue board.

Nawab Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah decided to build a palace within Fort St George. The council of Fort St George suggested the Nawab build the palace near the fort and not in the same premises. Thus, Chepauk palace was constructed few miles away from the Fort. The Mughal style building is located in Wallajah Road near Marina, Chennai. The palace architecture was designed by Paul Benfield, it stretches from Bell’s road to the beach and River Cooum to Pycroft’s road. The palace comprises of two buildings - one a single storey southern block (Humayun Mahal and Diwan-e- Khana Durbar Hall) and a two storey northern block (Khalas Mahal). Robert Fellowes Chisholm an architect added a tower to link both the building which signifies the British invasion.

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