JAGATJIT PALACE KAPURTHALA
The majestic building in the precincts of Kapurthala, the Jagatjit Palace presently houses the Sainik School. It was the palace of the erstwhile Maharajah of Kapurthala state, Maharaja Jagatjit Singh. The construction of the building commenced in the year 1900 and was completed within a period of eight years ie. in 1908. The palace building is inspired by the French architecture and was built in renaissance style. The building especially resembles Palace of Versailles. Designed by a French architect M.Marcel and built by a local builder Allah Ditta, the building occupies an area of 200 Acres and is presently under the Ministry of Defence who in turn have given it to the Sainik School. This palacial building reminds us about the glorious past and the cultural artifacts related to the history of the state. The most magnificient part of the palace is the Durbar Hall (Diwan-E-Khas) and the figures and the painted ceilings made of plaster of Paris depict the finest features of French art and architecture. The palace boasts of a unique interior decoration, carried out by expert European and Indian workmen. The palace is full of imported art work from France, Italy and Holland.