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The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, is a historical palace located in the Mattancherry district of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India. The palace is known for its architectural style, historical sense and vibrant murals depicting scenes from Indian epics.
Originally built by the Portuguese in 1555, the Mattancherry Palace was gifted to King Veerakeral Varma of Cochin as a goodwill gift
The palace has a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and Kerala architectural styles. While the Portuguese began construction, the Dutch later renovated and expanded it, giving it the new name of the Dutch Castle.
The most notable feature of the Mattancherry Palace is its beautiful frescoes. The palace is decorated with vibrant murals depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata and other mythological scenes.
The palace includes a hall for the coronation of the kings of Cochin. The hall has a wooden ceiling with fairy statues.
Inside the main palace is a small temple dedicated to the Goddess of the royal god Pazhayannur.
The palace also houses portraits of Cochin royalty, depicting lineage from the royal family.
The architecture of the Mattancherry Palace has a central courtyard, a vaulted porch and a series of rooms surrounding the courtyard The wooden roofs are intricately carved.
The palace is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and is recognized for its historical and archaeological importance.
The Archaeological Survey of India has undertaken conservation and restoration work to preserve the palace and its art collection.
The Mattancherry Palace is located in the Mattancherry area of Kochi near the Jewish Synagogue and other historical sites. It is a popular tourist destination.
The thoughtful interiors of the palace display a harmonious blend of Hindu and Christian, traditional Kerala art forms, reflecting the diverse cultures of this region.
There is a fee for tourists, and the palace is usually open to the public at specific times.
The Mattancherry Palace is close to other historical attractions in Kochi, including the Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese Fishing Net and St. Mary's Cathedral, Francis Church included
Mattancherry Palace stands as a testament to the cultural and historical richness of Kerala, showcasing the architectural and artistic influences that have shaped the region for centuries It is a major landmark in Kochi, attracting tourists from all over the world.