Monuments in Kolkata
About - Monuments in Kolkata
Most of the monuments in Kolkata were built during the British era. The entire city is strewn with monuments of cultural and historical significance. Some of the monuments in Kolkata can be compared to the best works of art and architecture across the country. Built mainly be erstwhile British rulers the monuments in this city boasts of the best palaces, forts and bridges.
Below is a list of some of the important monuments in Kolkata
Named after King William III Fort William was built by Robert Clive in the year 1781.
Situated on the banks of the Hooghly River this fort is spread over 532 acres of land. Built in the shape of an octagon this fort offers six gates namely St Georges Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water gate, and the Treasury Gate. This fort has the distinction of being the only fort in the world from where not a bullet was fired. The fort is gigantic in size and houses a museum that consists of swords, arms and armors, muskets and machine guns which are kept on display for visitors.
One of the best monuments in Kolkata the Victoria Memorial It was built in 1921 to mark Queen Victoria's 25-year reign in India. A splendid example of British Architecture combined with Mughal motifs this monument is perhaps one of the most magnificent piece of art and architecture in the country. Constructed by Lord Curzon the Victoria Memorial is built entirely of sparkling white marbles that stand gleaming in the dark of the night even today. The monument houses a museum that provides a sneak preview of the life and lifestyle of the British via manuscripts, paintings, , postage stamps, books that date back to the 1870's, statues and sculptures, garments, arms and armaments, sketches and other objects of historical significance
A manifestation of contemporary engineering the Vidyasagar Setu is commonly known as the Second Hooghly bridge. Built over the river Hooghly, this bridge forms a connecting link between Howrah and Kolkata. Built on the lines on International bridges this bridge is constructed on large steel cables that support the structure.
A rare example of Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian architecture the Sahid Minar was built in the year 1848. Also known as Ochterlony Monument this tall monument was built to celebrate the victory of Sir David Ochterlony's victory in the Nepal War (1814-1816). One of the most frequented monuments in Kolkata that is a huge crowd puller is located in Central Kolkata. The Minar offers a comprehensive view of almost the entire city.
The most mesmerizing sights of an edifice built with almost 100 varieties of marble got from different parts of the world the marble Plaace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy zamindar of Bengal. The palace is open to general public while some of its descendants still live inside it. Decorated with beautiful chandeliers, paintings, statues and Eastern urns this monument provides you with a glimpse of royal Bengali living. Mainly used for film shoots these days this monument in Kolkata is thronged by thousands of tourists all the year round.