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Tipu Sultan's palace was carved entirely of teak wood and elaborately decorated

The last of the kings of Srirangapatna, Tipu Sultan fought like a Tiger against British Imperialism in the 18th century. He succumbed to the East India Company's power in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, and is survived by the immense architecture and legacy that dots Mysore in places today. He was succeeded by the Wodeyars of Mysore, who currently inhabit the Mysore Palace.

Tipu's summer palace in Srirangapatna is a well-crafted example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The walls are carved from teak wood, and lined with gold, silver, and precious stones. It houses the remains of the dynasty that Hyder Ali, Tipu's father, established in the princely state. Coins, artillery, clothes, and paintings are displayed in the ground floor of the palace, while the first floor is reserved for the view of the gardens from the pristine balconies.

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