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Dutch Palace in Cochin, Kerala

Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace situated in Mattancherry, Kochi in Kerala State of India. It is Portuguese Palace housing Kerala Murals depicting portraits and exhibits of Rajas of Kerala. The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as present to the King of Cochin in around 1555. The Dutch later on added some extensions and renovations in 1663 and thereafter it called Dutch Palace.

The Palace is Quadrangular in shape and constructed in Nalukettu style, which is the traditional architecture style of Kerala. It has courtyard in middle where stands a small temple dedicated to 'Pazhayannur Bhagavati', the protective goddess of the Kochi royal family. There are two more temples on either side of the Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Siva. Dining Hall of Palace has carved wooden ornate ceiling decorated with a series of brass cups. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites. The main point of attraction of the palace is large number of murals executed in the best traditions of the Hindu Temple art, which are religious, decorative and stylish. Other exhibit includes are an ivory palanquin, a howdah, royal umbrellas, ceremonial dress used by the royalty, coins, stamps and drawings.

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