Lying a stone's throw from the Old Moti Bagh Palace, the Sheesh Mahal is a sprawling structure that is three-storeys-high. It reflects vestiges of both European and Mughal styles of architecture. This palatial structure was constructed by Maharaja Narendra Singh, a Jat ruler of Patiala (1846-1858) to give space to artists, poets and scholars who regularly visited his court. Today, Sheesh Mahal has been converted into a museum that holds a remarkable collection of art and sculpture. You can also find miniature paintings, carved metal and ivory artefacts from Kashmir, Tibet, Punjab and Burma. The taxidermy gallery in the museum is a must-visit and holds an eclectic collection of mounted animals and birds. There are many manuscripts here as well, chief of which is a copy of Gulistan Bostan, believed to be the greatest Sufi classic that was once owned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Its pages are illustrated in gold and it is indeed a symbol of the opulence of the rulers of that time. An interesting feature of the museum is its medal gallery that houses one of the largest numbers of decorations and medals in the world.

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