Purina Haveli Palace, Hyderabad
About Purina Haveli Palace
Purina Haveli Complex is U shaped with a single storeyed central building in
European style flanked by two double storeyed oblong wings (nearly 1000 feet) of
which the western one has the famous wooden wardrobe. Both the wings are wider
towards the southern end where these are only single storeyed and have two
extremely well proportioned courtyards surrounded by rooms and deep verandahs
with semicircular European arches. Purani Haveli is one of the most important
architectural landmarks of Hyderabad combining European facades with traditional
Indian courtyards. The complex also includes two annexes attached to the
northern ends of the parallel wings. Purani Haveli on the whole is under- used.
A training institute runs in parts of the building beside the offices of the
Muffakham Jah Trust. Nearby there is another beautiful courtyard house now used
as the Princes Esin Women’s Education Centre.
The Asaf Jahis who succeeded the Qutb Shahis were prolific builders. Several
palace complexes of HEH the Nizam, landmarks like the Andhra Pradesh High Court,
the Osmania Arts College and the Osmania Medical College building are among
their well-known contributions. Asaf Jahi rulers also experimented with European
styles and attempted a synthesis of European traditions with Hindu and Islamic
forms and motifs.
Asaf Jah II apparently lived in the Chow Mahalla complex buildings built by
his predecessors, since the main palaces were built by Asaf Jah V nearly hundred
years later. In 1777, between Chatta Bazaar and Dabirpura Main road, towards
north east of Charminar, he started construction of the first buildings of
Purani Haveli for his son, Sikandar Jah. But Sikandar Jah, on becoming the third
Nizam (1803-1829) went to live in the Khilwat palace in Chow Mahalla. The
buildings built by Asaf Jah II therefore came to be known as Purani Haveli.
Purani Haveli regained its glory only when the sixth Nizam, Nawab Mir Mahboob
Ali Khan made it his official residence.
How to reach Purina Haveli Palace
- Bus: City buses available from Koti and Secunderabad bus stations.
- Rail: Nampally (Hyderabad) Railway station.
- Air: Hyderabad Airport