Sri Moolam Thirunal Palace

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Sri Moolam Thirunal Palace
SMP Palace
SMP Palace in Kollam city, Apr 2017.jpg
Sri Moolam Thirunal Palace
General information
Architectural style Indian
Town or city Cantonment, Kollam city
Country India
Coordinates 8°53′01″N 76°35′33″E / 8.883594°N 76.592508°E / 8.883594; 76.592508
Completed 1936
Client The Sri Moolam Shashtabda Poorthy Memorial Trust

Sri Moolam Thirunal Palace or SMP Palace or SMT Palace is a palace situated near the heart of the city of Kollam, in the state of Kerala, India. It was constructed in 1936 as a commemorate for the shashtabda poorthi (60th birthday) of the then ruler of erstwhile Travancore, Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma.[1]

History[edit]

Sri Moolam palace was constructed as a town hall to commemorate the shashtabda poorthi (60th birthday) of the then ruler of erstwhile Travancore, Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, the people of Kollam accorded the Maharaja a reception as part of the shashtabda poorthi celebrations in 1917. Sri Moolam Shashtabda Poorthy Memorial Trust, a trust was formed to construct a town hall to commemorate the event, the then Government had donated 1.15 acres of land for the construction. But the construction of palace was completed only after the death of the King. Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma died in 1924, the town hall was completed in 1936. Later, the authorities have converted the palace as a movie theatre. SMP Palace is probably the oldest cinema theatre in Kollam.[2][3]

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