The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the Wodeyars, who ruled Mysore from 1399 to 1950. Built by King Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, the Mysore Palace is one of the most visited tourist destinations, only second to Taj Mahal. Located in the very centre, the entire Mysore city seems to have been built around the Palace.
The original structure of the Palace, composed of wood was burnt down completely. The present building was built in 1912, and incorporated all the architectural styles it could. It is a mixture of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles, commonly known as Indo-Saracenic style. The marble domes cap off the three storied palace, along with a five storied tower. The body of the palace is carved exquisitely with precision and finesse. The palace houses notable and priceless works of arts and crafts from all over the world. Today, the Mysore Palace acts a museum, with every exhibit up for display. The Mysore Palace is truly a legacy of the might and creativity of medieval India.