jai Vilas Palace of Gwalior City
In historical monuments in Gwalior, Jai Vilas Palace is the most magnificent architecture of the city. It is made in the nineteenth century in the year 1874 by Maharaja of Gwalior Shrimad Jiyaji Rao Scindia of Scindia dynasty of Gwalior.
Jai Vilas Palace is a fine example of European architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. A combination of architectural styles, the first storey is Tuscan, the second Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian. The area of the Jai Vilas palace is 1,240,771 square feet and it is particularly famous for its large Durbar Hall. The interior of the Durbar Hall is decorated with gilt and gold furnishings and adorned with a huge carpet and gigantic chandeliers. It is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 41 feet in height. It is said that eight elephants were gathered onto the rooftop of the Darbar Hall(Royal Court) to gauge the strength of its ceiling to check if it is strong enough to cope weight of two 12.5m high 3.5 tons chandeliers. These two chandeliers adorned 250 lamps with light bulbs. These chandeliers were also said to be the largest in the world