The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a large impressive building in Dusit district in Bangkok, was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to serve as a reception hall for the Dusit Palace. Construction started in 1906 and the building was finished in 1915, during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).Built in Italian Renaissance style, the two storey Throne Hall resembles the famous Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Italy.It is built from Italian white marble with a large dome in the middle and six smaller surrounding domes.King Chulalongkorn hired two Italian architects to design the throne hall, Annibale Rigotti and Mario Tamagno. The latter later also designed the Hualamphong train station in Bangkok.The interior is as remarkable as the exterior.
The walls and the large central dome are covered with murals telling the history of the currently ruling Chakri dynasty from the first King, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great (Rama I), who became King in 1782 until King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who ruled until 1925. The Royal Throne sits under the huge central dome.