The Jagatjit Palace


Jagatjit Palace was built by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, the last ruler of Kapurthala. He was a great enthusiast of French architect which is reflected from the palaces and various monuments of his time. Kapurthala is known as 'Paris of Punjab'. Jagatjit Palace, the French and the Indo-Saracenic architecture has made this town a must visit for all the tourists to Punjab. The interiors of Jagatjit Palace incorporate a fascinating amalgamation of styles; the painted ceilings representing the finest aspects of French aesthetics while the Durbar Hall, which was used for ceremonial occasions, is entirely Indian in d'cor. Many of the roofs of the palace were made in the beaux-art style of the 19th century; the most striking is the Mansard roof, with a double slope and small, oval windows that recall those at the Louvre. Other parts of the palace feature pillars and fireplaces in Italian lapis lazuli and marble. There is a famous mechanical in the Palace clock which shows planetary positions, the weather and time in 12 countries of Europe and Asia. The palace now houses Sainik School which was established here in 1961.