Chau Mahalla Palace, Hyderabad
The throne room (Khilwat Mubarak, or Durbar Hall) was the ceremonial seat of the Nizam (ruler), who would hold audiences and other public ceremonies here. It is located at the south end of the north courtyard, just in front of the south courtyard which contained the private residences. The throne faces north, towards the room's public entrance. It is a marble platform, upon which the ruler would sit in cushioned splendor. The room's impressive 19 chandeliers are made of Belgian crystal.