Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dining at the Nizam's Table in Falaknuma Palace

I first stepped into the banquet hall when no lights were on and nothing was laid on the table.  Quiet and lovely you could let the room slowly seep into your minds eye. The table 33 metres long with 88 chairs surrounding it, or 101, I never counted but have been given both numbers! Five great chandeliers probably from England, the centre one larger than the others. Later the table was set, although there were no flowering center pieces, it still was an amazing sight. Gorgeous sideboards polished to perfection from which to serve the guests while screens with painted and stained glass panels depicting the seasons were intended to conceal the servers. Looking closely at the wood work adorning the walls throughout the hall I realized it was all superbly executed tromp d'oeil!

1 comment:

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

This is so spectacular! Funny the Versace plates. Someone should do a Downton Abby style series in that world, it would be fantastic.