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Sights to See

Brihadeeswarar Temple
The glorious Chola legacy has left behind not less than 74 temples in and around Tanjore, of which the Big Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built in 1010 AD is the crowning glory of Dravidian temple architecture. There has been continuous worship for over a thousand years here and the architecture of the temple symbolises the fusion of ritual and philosophic concepts that flowered in the region.

Thanjavur Palace
The palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas. Grand buildings with huge corridors and spacious halls, two palace towers, the armoury and the observation towers are visible from all parts of the city, and worth visiting.

Raja Museum
Located inside the palace, this museum has the best collection of bronzes in the south. A number of stone carvings are also found here. Among the notable sculptures are those of Bhairava, Umasahita Siva, Kali, Somaskanda and Rama Lakmana group. Timings: 9.30 am to 1 pm & 3 to 6 pm. It is open on all days except national holidays.

Sangeetha Mahal
The hall of music built by Raja Serfoji is an acoustically perfect music hall and is a striking example of the engineering skill of its ancient builders.

Saraswathi Mahal
This library has over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages preserved here. Closed on Wednesdays.

Schwartz Church
Situated near the palace, this Church was built by Raja Serfoji in 1779 AD as a token of affection for the Danish missionary Rev. C.V. Schwartz, who was the Raja's tutor.

Tamil University
Established in 1981, the university is engaged to research and advanced study in Tamil. The Tamil University Museum has a collection of coins and musical instruments. Tel: 04362 226518

Sivaganga Gardens
A very beautiful park, located north of the big temple. It has a good collection of beautiful flower plants and birds and animals.

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