The Noor Mahal (Urdu: نور محل) is a palace in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines, at a time when modernism had set in.
Noor Mahal the italian style palace of the fifth ruler of Bahawalpur State, Nawab Sir Muhammad Sadiq,
is the latest monument in the Punjab to be notified under the Antiquities Act.Completed in AD 1875,
one of the most exquisite buildings in the state, Noor Mahal was meant for the residence of the Nawab.
He, however, did not lived here for a singal day after being cautioned against doing so on account of its proximity to the Basti Muluk Shah graveyard.
Supervised by Mr Heenan, a British Engineer, the palace was later used as the state guest house.
The Nawab also held occasional cabinet meetings here and gave audience to notable guests.
On some occasions the palace was used as the State Court for the Nawab’s address to his courtiers.
Noor Mahal was built in the middle of a spacious garden having a water tank and fountains.
Thick carpets covered its verandahs and the walls were decorated with paintings, most of them by western artists.
The two-storey palace had exquisite furniture and fixtures like chandeliers and cupboards.
There was a rich collection of arms in its armoury.Some swords and muskets were also displayed on the palace walls.
A mosque, styled like the one at the Aitchison College, was added to the palace by Nawab Bahawal Khan, a later ruler of the state of Bahawalpur.
The palace was completed at a cost of RS. 1.2 million. Repairs half a century later cost Rs. 100,000.
The mosque was built at a cost of Rs. 20,000. The property dispute among the heirs of the last ruler resulted in
Noor Mahal (as well as several other buildings) being abandoned.
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