In the chronicles of history, Thanjavur Palace has a unique place as a site reflecting the convergence of Tamil and Maratha heritage. The palace is located just one km away from the Big Temple and has served as an important centre for both the Nayak dynasty and the Maratha kingdom. Surrounded by magnificent walls for fortification, it was built by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and later expanded on by the Marathas between 1676-1855, and thus, is also sometimes known as the Maratha Palace. The building houses huge corridors, intricately designed durbars, tall observation towers, decorated rooms and stunning fresco walls and ceilings. The stucco works here are a treat for the eyes. The ornate balconies provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the city; access to them however, is sometimes restricted. Thanjavur Palace also houses the royal family's sacred temple dedicated to Lord Chandra Mauleeswara. The architectural display makes it a must-visit and the sheer amount of art it holds in the form of carvings, engravings and ornate balconies is nothing short of fascinating. While here, one should specifically look out for the Arsenal Tower, the Bell Tower, the Darbar Hall and the Sangeetha Mahal. Tourists can also visit the Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library that have been absorbed within the ground of this complex.

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