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Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

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Victoria Memorial is the world’s largest monument dedicated to a royal. Following the passing of Queen Victoria in 1901, it was constructed between 1906 and 1921 and is now a museum run under the Ministry of Culture. The memorial was created in the Indo-Saracenic revivalist style, which combines Venetian, Egyptian, and Deccani architectural elements with British and Mughal elements. It is a grand building from the British era made entirely of white marble. It is located on the Kolkata Maidan and is one of the famous monuments of Kolkata. The memorial has been transformed into a museum with 25 galleries today. It also has memorabilia, manuscripts, and paintings from the British Raj. Over 64 acres of gardens surround the main building. Following India’s independence, the Victoria Memorial was expanded to include a national leaders’ gallery with portraits of Indian freedom fighters and other artefacts. The Victoria Memorial stands on the Maidan (grounds) on the banks of the Hooghly river.
Victoria Memorial

Nearby Places to See

Kalighat Temple
The Kalighat Temple, a prominent temple honouring Goddess Kali, draws visitors from all over the world. The temple is one of the 51 shaktipeethas (devotional shrines where the severed body parts of Goddess Sati fell), where the toe of the goddess fell. A unique statue of the goddess with three eyes, four hands, and a long tongue is kept in the sanctum sanctorum. Tiles with peacock and floral motifs have been used to decorate the building, giving it a charming colonial appearance. A holy tank inside the grounds known as Kundupukar is also open to visitors.
Kalighat Temple
Elliot Park
This 90000 square foot park is situated very close to Victoria Terminal. The park was constructed in 2004 by Tata Steel. Prior to its transformation into a park, the area served as a landfill.
Elliot Park
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Barrackpore
Located on the Ganges about 20 kilometres outside of Kolkata, it is the infamous site where the British established their first base in 1772, from which they eventually conquered the rest of India. It is ironic that the first uprising against the British occurred in Barrackpore in 1824. There are numerous gardens, structures, and memorials built by the British in this area, and nostalgia for that time period is still strong.
Mayapur
Mayapur
This town sits at the junction of the Jalangi and Ganga rivers, about 130 kilometres north of Kolkata. Vaishnavas, or devotees of the Hindu god Vishnu, flock there as a pilgrimage destination. ISKCON’s Chandrodaya temple is a major tourist attraction in this area.
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