Rashtrapati Bhawan

Close-up view

1914-29 (previously Viceroy's residence)


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Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) this red stone building, topped by a copper dome stands on Raisina Hill and became the last palace built by the British and probably the largest of all modern palaces. Ironically, the British could use it as their Viceroy's Palace for not even two decades as Indian independence came in 1947. It is now the official residence of the President of India. The enormous complex covers almost 20,000 sq m and within its walls contains 12 separate courtyards. Three million cubic feet of stone was used to build it. Beneath its central dome, modeled upon the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi, lies the Durbar Room.


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