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The summer palace was a large palace in Amritsar owned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire. It was used as his primary residence during the summer seasons, and was also occasionally used to throw feasts.

Located in the heart of the garden known as Ram Bagh, the palace was considered a masterpiece of Indian architecture. Its entrance, called Darshani Deori, is noteworthy thanks to its distinctive design, with water tanks feeding fountains in the palace's garden.[1]

In addition, the palace also contains numerous mirror and glass works, as well as painting and art pieces.[1]

The palace was built atop old First Civilization ruins, in which Ranjit Singh kept the Koh-i-Noor, a Piece of Eden, safe from the hands of his enemies. Several other Pieces of Eden were also hidden in the ruins, including those adorning a statue of Durga, among which were an Apple of Eden and a Staff of Eden.[2]


During a feast thrown at the palace by the Maharaja in June 1839, the Koh-i-Noor was stolen by the Assassin Arbaaz Mir. Later during the same feast, Singh was fatally poisoned by the British emissary William Hay Macnaghten and Templar general Francis Cotton, the latter of which also destroyed the Koh-i-Noor during a fight with Arbaaz Mir in the palace courtyard.[2]

In the present, the palace has since serve as a museum hosting historical oil paintings, coins, miniatures and instruments depicting the country's Sikh era.[1]




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