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Published on May 3, 2008
Purani Haveli Palace in Hyderabad, India, was the official residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad (princely ruler). It was also known as Haveli Khadeem, which means old mansion, was constructed for Sikander Jah, Asaf Jah III (1803-1829) by his father Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah II.
The Haveli is "U" shaped in plan, with two oblong wings running parallel to each other and the residential palace located perpendicularly in the middle. The main building resembles 18th-century European palaces. A unique feature of this palace is the world's longest wardrobe, built in two levels with a hand-cranked wooden lift(elevator) in place. This occupies the entire length of one wing of the palace.
The palace now houses the Nizam's Museum, which is dedicated to the last ruling Nizam of Hyderabad state (Nizam VII), as well as the Mukarram Jah College (named after the present Nizam).