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Jagatjit Palace is, most indisputably, Kapurthala's most famous building. It was, once upon a time, the home of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, the main architect of modern day Kapurthala Now this palace in Kapurthala now houses Sainik School. The Maharaja's palace and gardens were modeled on Versailles. He hired a French architect M. Marcel, was inspired by the palaces of Versailles and Fontainbleau. Its plaster of Paris figures and painted ceilings represent the finest features of French art and architecture. It was built in renaissance style with the sunken park in the front (Known as Baija) and has many other similarities to that of Palace of Versailles. The construction of this palace took roughly eight years (1900-1908). The interior decoration of the palace, which is unique of its kind in India, was carried out by expert European and Indian workmen. The great Darbar Hall is one of the finest in India. The palace is full of imported art work from France, Italy, and Holland The roofs of the Palace were made in the 'beaux-art' style of the 19th century. Of these, the most impressive is the Mansard Roof with a double slope and oeil-de-boeuf windows like those of the Louvre. Lapis lazuli pillars were imported from Italy, as was the marble for the fireplaces; luxurious furniture came from France and artists were brought from there to paint the ceiling of the reception rooms It also houses an interesting collection of artifacts including a mechanical. Clock which shows the moisture, the planetary position, the varying temperatures, and the timings in about 12 countries of Europe and Asia, a rare pneumatic Orchestra with an automatic tune player. The Jagatjit Palace enshrines the finest aspects of Indian and French aesthetics.

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Kapurthala Overview

The district of Kapurthala is in the state of Punjab and is made up of two combined areas to make up the complete Kapurthala District. These two sections are known as Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi, along with the smaller area of Phagwara Tehsil. The main governing city of Kapurthala District is the city of Kapurthala, but once was the past British India princely state capital of the same name.

During the 11th century the town of Kapurthala was founded by the scion of Jaiselmer's Rana Kapur. Kapurthala is full of history, culture and architectural diversity. There are numerous historic buildings such as Sainik School, which had once been the Jagatjit Palace, the gardens of Shalamar Bagh and the Government college of NJSA that have the touch of the French architecture.

The city of Kapurthala is a mix of Indo-Saracenic and French styles of architecture. This quaint city is full of aesthetic and secular combinations of historical buildings of prominence that once ran this princely state, and was once referred to as the Paris of Punjab.

The Jagatjit Palace, now a school, has the distinction of being designed by M. Marcel, a French architect that used the Palace of Versailles and the Fontainebleau as architectural based designs. This building was built as far back as 1908 on 200 acres and a whole afternoon can be spent here.

A perfect destination to relax and unwind, Kapurthala offers a panorama of activities and sightseeing that keeps everyone entertained.

There is so much to see in Kapurthala.

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