Spread over an area of 60 acre, Vidhana Soudha is a famous landmark in Bengaluru that houses the Secretariat and the State Legislature. The stately white building is made in Mysore Neo-Dravidian architecture with Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian influences incorporated as various elements. Built over five years, between 1951 and 1956, the largest legislative building in the country was conceptualised by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka. The Vidhana Soudha has 300 rooms, which are used by the different departments of the state government. The grand structure stands 46 metre high, making it one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. The Vidhana Soudha has been built entirely out of granite and porphyry. It features four domes on its four corners and the entrance of the building is embellished with the national symbol of India. The building can be accessed from all the four sides and visitors need to obtain prior permission to enter inside the building. The best time to visit the Vidhana Soudha is on Sundays and public holidays, when it is beautifully lit in the evening from 6 pm to 8.30 pm.

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