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Inside 134-year old house that is bigger than Buckingham Palace, Ambani's Antilia

Laxmi Vilas Palace is worlds largest residential palace

By Web Desk
April 17, 2024
Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1890. — Life Style Asia/File
Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1890. — Life Style Asia/File

The Lakshmi Vilas Palace is the world’s largest residential palace, located in Gujarat, India, Life Style Asia reported.

The 134-year-old manor has 170 rooms and is four times bigger than the Buckingham palace and Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia.

According to Housing.com, Laxmi Vilas Palace covers an area of 3,04,92,000 sq ft, while Buckingham Palace is spread over 828,821 square feet and Antilia covers an area of 48,780 square feet.

Owned by the Gaekwads of Baroda, the Laxmi Vilas Palace was built by maharaja (king) Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890, costing GBP 180,000.

The titular king of Baroda, Samarjitsinh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad along with his wife Radhikaraje and two daughters live in this magnificent palace.

Samarjitsinh is also a cricket administrator and a former first-class cricketer.

The titular king of Baroda Samarjitsinh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad lives at Laxmi Vilas Palace. — Life Style Asia/File
The titular king of Baroda Samarjitsinh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad lives at Laxmi Vilas Palace. — Life Style Asia/File

The palace was built by architect Major Charles Mant, however, after his passing away midway through the project, architect Robert Fellows Chisolm took over the control.

The four-storey Lakshmi Vilas Palace consists of all modern amenities including an internal telephone exchange, elevators, huge parks, golf courses, the LVP Banquets & Conventions, Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.

The premises also houses the Moti Bagh Cricket Ground and the offices of the Baroda Cricket Association.