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 Kothi Residency 

Kothi ResidencyKothi Residency was built in the year 1808 by Major James Achilles Kirkpatrick. Designed by P Russell of royal engineers, the building took five years for construction. Originally, the residency had only a brick wall around it.

After the famous mutiny of 1857 and an attempted attack on it, the building was heavily fortified. The new wall was furnished with three bastions and four gates. The residency is very British yet seems very appropriate in its Indian setting. It is built along grand imperial lines. The deep column portico leads to the main 'Durbar Hall', which is decorated with elaborate chandeliers and gilt mirrors. With in the compound to the South-West is an enclosed graveyard. Several British officials are buried here.

There is also an interesting love story associated with the residency. Kirkpatrick who stayed in Hyderabad for nine years as a resident created a stir in European and Indian social circles by falling in love with a Muslim girl, Khairunnisa Begum. It is said that the girl was being forced into a marriage against her wishes and therefore she took refuge in the Resident's house. Kirkpatrick fell in love with her and they were finally married. The resident built a palace for her within the residency and named it 'Rang Mahal' or 'palace of colour'.

Read about the restoration of the building.

-MAR. Fareed


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