Tuesday, December 8, 2015

At the magnificent Victoria Memorial.

Attached photographs are of us at one of the most spectacular and greatest landmarks of Kolkata – The Victoria Memorial. This magnificent monument is constructed in memory of Queen Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901. It is located in the heart of the City surrounded by a 64 acre extraordinary garden. It is the most popular and frequently visited place by the locals and a must see among tourists. The construction of the memorial commenced in 1906 and it was completed and opened to the public in 1921. The entire building is built of white marble from Rajasthan. The architecture is a mixture of mostly British and Mughal elements as well as a touch of Venetian, Egyptian and Deccan styles. The monument has a base of 103 X 69 mtrs. and rises to a height of 56 mtrs. It functions as a Memorial, a huge Garden and a Museum. It is being maintained by the Ministry of Culture.
The Victoria Memorial has a number of galleries, twenty-five in all. These include the royal gallery, the national leaders’ gallery, the portrait gallery, central hall, the sculpture gallery, the arms and armory gallery and the newer Kolkata gallery. The interiors of the museum and the contents are awesome. As photography is not allowed inside the Memorial, I am unable to furnish any pictures of the interiors and the historic items on display. However here is an exhaustive link to Victoria Memorial and most of the galleries inside, if interested in history of our Country and of this great city Kolkata, once the Capital of India (British Raj) and popularly known as City of Palaces, City of Joy, Cultural Capital of India and City of Processions, please do visit this site…CLICK below:

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the amazing pictures and post on Victoria Memorial, Kolkata. It is now a museum which also has a collection of rare and antiquarian books.It is a tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. Explore Victoria Memorial timings for more details.

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation and writing to me about the latest information on Victoria Memorial.

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