Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri in Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri Overview

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The Vidhana Soudha, a grand edifice built in Dravidian Style in 1956, is the largest legislature-cum-office building in India. Made almost entirely with the ‘Bangalore Granite’ excavated from the environs of Mallasandra and Hessaraghatta, the building’s height from the floor level to the top of the central dome is 150 feet.

Right across the Vidhana Soudha is Attara Kacheri, the building housing the Bangalore High Court. It dates back to 1867 the time of Tipu Sultan. It is said that during his reign, the offices of the 18 departments of Revenue and General Secretariat expanded to such an extent that the palace could not house all the offices. So he ordered the construction of a new building, which he named Attara Kacheri, meaning eighteen offices or departments.

The structure is known for its Gothic Style of architecture. The building serves as the perfect contrast to the white columned building of Vidhana Soudha.

Other buildings that you can visit near Attara Kacheri are the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Public Library, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Government Museum.

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