The Lakshmi Vilas Palace


Lakshmi Villas Palace, the magnificent residence of the royal family of Baroda was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890, with Major Charles Mant as the chief architect.
The Palace "compound" is of over 500 acres  and houses a number of buildings including the Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building. Adjacent to the Moti Baug Palace and the Museum is the Moti Bagh Cricket Ground, the offices of the Baroda Cricket Association and a very rare indoor teak floored tennis court and badminton court. Within the compound is also a stepwell called Navlakhi Vav, which dates back to 1405 AD.
The ornate Darbar Hall of the Palace, which is sometimes the venue of music concerts and other cultural events, has a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. Outside the Darbar Hall is an Italinate courtyard of water fountains. The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici.