Jai Vilas Mahal is the residential palace turned museum of Scindias in the heart of the city. The palace has notable collections of antiques and also some of the old time gadgets and collections that can't be easily seen.The museum is one of the largest in Madhya Pradesh and has the world's largest chandelier and the complex is a mixture of British as well as Hindu architecture. The palace was made in 1874 as an attempt to bring the palace of Versailles to Gwalior and the Jai Vilas Palace was a successful attempt.
The Jai Vilas Mahal or The Jai Vilas Palace, is a nineteenth-century palace in India. It was built in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior and is still the residence of his descendants.the former royal Maratha Scindia dynasty.
Jai Vilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Jayaji Rao scindia in 1874 at a cost of Rs. One crore. It is a fine example of Europian architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Filose was rewarded with a well-deserved knighthood. It is particularly famous for its large Durbar Hall. The area of the Jai Vilas palace is 12,40,771 square feet.The first storey is of the Tuscan, the second of the Italian-Doric and the third is of the Corinthian order of architecture. The interior of the Durbar Hall is 100 feet long, 50' wide and 41' in height. Gilt and gold furnishings were used for decorating the Durbar Hall, which is adorned with a huge carpet and gigantic chandeliers.
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