Attara Kacheri, is a beautiful building in Bangalore housing the High Court of Karnataka State. The Attara Kacheri is situated just opposite to the Vidhana Soudha and it is about 2 kms from MG Road. Attara Kacheri is a 19th century stone structure in an intense red hue and its major attraction is its Gothic Style of architecture.
Attara Kacheri literally means 'Eighteen offices or departments'. The Emperor of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, expanded the offices of the eighteen departments of Revenue and General Secretariat. Since the palace could not house the offices, he constructed a new building in the year 1864 to relocate the office and named the building as 'Attara kacheri'.
Attara Kacheri is located at the entrance of the Cubbon Park just opposite to Vidhana Soudha. The cost involved in the construction of that building was around Rs.4.5 lakhs and Rao Bahadur Arcot Narayanasamy Mudaliar was the one who supervised the construction of the building. It is a two-storied building and is built in the European classical style. The majestic two storied building with wonderful Corinthian columns in an intense red color creates a magic along with the white columned Vidhana Soudha.
The Eighteen offices occupied the Attara kacheri from 1868 until 1956 and then these offices were moved to Vidhana Soudha and this Attara Kacheri became Karnataka High Court Building. The building's vibrant red hues beautifully complement the pristine whiteness of Vidhana Soudha. A medallion portrait of Major General, Sir Mark Cubbon, Commissioner of Mysore from 1934 to 1861, is found on the ceiling at the west end of the Central hall, while an equestrian statue of Cubbon by Baron Carlo (Charles) Marochetti is located at the back of the building.
Other Notable buildings nearby Attara Kacheri are the Public Library, the Government Museum, the Vishveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art Gallery. Attara Kacheri radiant in its vibrant hues boasts of Karnataka's history from the glorious days of Tipu Sultan's reign and hence is one of Bangalore's most popular tourist spots.
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