Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Adab arz hai:

Some more Historical Treasures of Hyderabad to share with you. 

Kachiguda Railway station
Kachiguda Station is architecturally the most beautiful station in South Central Railway. Constructed in the year 1916 by the Nizam of the erstwhile Hyderabad State, this Station was the Headquarters of the then Nizam State Guaranteed Railway. 

Endowed with central and side domes and accompanying minarets, this station is a marvel in Gothic style of architecture. Towering like a Maharaja's place, the Kachiguda Station is one of the landmarks in the Hyderabad city. The station handles trains originating for Aurangabad, Tirupati, Banglore, etc. Housing many modern passenger amenities, this station now serves as the Headquarter station of the Hyderabad Division of South Central Railway.
Malwala Palace 
The Malwala palace is located on the main road, east of Charminar, is Malwala palace, built in 1845 by Raja Ram Parishad Lal Bahadur. It is one of the palaces that cluster around Charminar lending the whole area and aura of regal glory and majesty.
Malawala Palace is one of the few surviving wooden palaces of Hyderabad built in late Mughal and Rajasthani style. The ancestor of this family, Sagar Mall had accompanied the first Nizam to Hyderabad in 1724. Sagar Mall became custodian of the revenue (Mall) records of the state. This function was passed down to his descendants hereditarily. Thus the family acquired the name Malwala.

Malwala Palace is located along the road leading towards east from Charminar. The complex had three components: the double storeyed large residential quarters arranged around several smaller courtyards and vernacular overhanging wooden balconies at first floor level facing the street; the road side block with a double height semicircular gateway flanked by a pedimented side wing with Corinthian columns in European style enclosing a smaller and outer courtyard, and finally the grand inner court with a fountain in the centre surrounded by wooden pavilions on two sides and overhanging wooden balconies with intricate carvings and supported by ornate wooden brackets on the other two sides.

This inner court is accessed by another arched gateway on which at first floor a Naubat Khana is located. The southern pavilion facing the entrance has a grand facade of seven cusped Mughal arches in carved and lacquered wood approached by wide flight of stairs. This leads to a double height hall that has rooms overlooking it from the first floor. A flight of wooden steps links this first floor with the ground. These two pavilions and the courtyard were used for family gatherings and for entertaining guests during special occasions. Malwala Palace is unique in its extensive use of woodwork and as specimen of a typical Hyderabad courtyard house. This is also one of the important palaces belonging to Hyderabad's erstwhile nobles.
St. Joseph's Cathedral 
This Church is located in Gun foundry area of Hyderabad (Near All Saints High School in Gunfoundry) and is one of the most beautiful cathedrals. It looks absolutely stunning with its ornate architecture and five giant bells in an open bell tower atop the cathedral. While the belfry is vaguely roomier, the steps are not advised for anyone with the faintest stirrings of unsteadiness. Skip the idea of climbing up the dilapidated stairs in case you get claustrophobic. But all the rickety stairs and dicey perpendicular ladders are worth trotting up for a breath-taking view of the city and the regal bells.

The central hall of this sacred place is such an extended space that it can accommodate 500 people at a time for congregation. The giant bells of this cathedral have been brought all the way from Italy and were attached to this legendary construction in the year 1892. These bells have been specially tuned so that a number of hymns can be played on it. In the alcove inside the Cathedral, one can find an imitation of the 'Pieta' by Michelangelo. 

The bells have always been considered as an important part of the cathedral. Not only are they sacred, but also it was believed that church bells are safeguard against lightning and tempests and so the bells were rung dynamically during an approaching storm to warn people...
...the Christmas celebration in St. Joseph's Cathedral has something uniquely historical about it. For some years, the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan attended the Christmas midnight Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Hyderabad, Dionesius Vismara. The Nizam attended the Holy Service. Together with some of his family members and officials - in all about 150. The Nizam also used to attend midnight Easter service at the Cathedral... 

The Nizam also donated to St Joseph's Chruch a beautiful painting of Mother Mary and baby Jesus, painted by the famous classical Spanish painter Murillo. The painting hangs on the wall of the cathedral to the left of the main altar...


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