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The Victoria Memorial, a gigantic landmark made of white marble situated in the core of the City of Joy, Kolkata (past Calcutta) in West Bengal, India is a standout amongst the most acclaimed landmarks in West Bengal that has turned into a gallery and well known traveler spot of the state. A brainchild of George Curzon, first Marquess Curzon of Kedleston and Viceroy of India, this landmark typifying excellence and class was devoted to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819– 1901).

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This fantastic and dazzling remembrance not just stands as memory to the administer of British Crown in the Indian subcontinent yet in addition emerges as an incredible compositional jewel in Indo-Saracenic Pentecostal style. It is an unquestionable requirement visit vacationer goal for first time guests to encounter the embodiment of Victorian period amidst the clamoring metro city of Kolkata.


Ruler Victoria who remained Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland since June 20, 1837 and Empress of India since May 1, 1876 passed away on January 22, 1901. Following her downfall, Lord Curzon considered developing a goliath and stupendous working with a gallery and greenhouses where every last one can have a look at the rich past. The establishment stone of the landmark was laid on January 4, 1906 by the Prince of Wales George V who later moved toward becoming King George V on May 6, 1910.

In 1921, the commemoration was opened to open; anyway it turned out to be a piece of a commonplace city rather than the capital city as when its development finished, the capital of India was exchanged from Calcutta to New Delhi under the guideline of King George V. An interest made by Curzon to support the development of the commemoration saw numerous including royals, people and in addition the British government in London to approach and contribute deliberately. The aggregate cost of building the dedication came to Rs. 105, 00,000.($153407.85)

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Development and Architecture

William Emerson, the then leader of the Royal Institute of British Architects was the main draftsman of the remembrance that was outlined in Indo-Saracenic evangelist style. The style enveloped a mix of British building style with that of Egyptian, Venetian, Deccani, Mughal and other Islamic styles. Work of Makrana marble brought from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, it quantifies 103 m by 69 m with a tallness of 56 m.

Scottish doctor and botanist Sir David Prain and Lord Redesdale were endowed to plan the tremendous garden regions covering 64 sections of land while plant doors and the extension of the north viewpoint were planned by Vincent J. Esch. Messrs. The garden is directly kept up by a gathering of 21 nursery workers. Martin and Co. of Calcutta completed the development work of the dedication. Certain increments were made to the remembrance post autonomy of India.

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There are 25 exhibitions inside the remembrance including the regal display, the model exhibition and the Calcutta display among others. A few representations of Queen Victoria and her significant other Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and oil artistic creations depicting diverse snapshots of their lives are shown in the illustrious exhibition. The more up to date expansion was the Calcutta display, idea of which was upheld in the mid 1970s by the then pastor for training, Saiyid Nurul Hasan. He progressed toward becoming Governor of Bengal and Odisha as additionally Chairman of the remembrance’s Board of Trustees in 1986 and in 1992 the Calcutta display was opened.

One can have a sneak look of the yesteryear Calcutta and its steady improvement through the visual showcases of the exhibition beginning from the times of Job Charnock amid the seventeenth century to 1911 when New Delhi supplanted Calcutta as India’s capital. Another expansion, the National Leader’s exhibition shows relics and representations related with Indian autonomy.

It is a place of astounding accumulations of compositions, ancient rarities, weapons, materials, coins and stamps among others and keeps up couple of belonging of the Queen like her written work area and seat and scrapbooks. Uncommon accumulation of books is protected here like the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam and perfect works of art of William Shakespeare.

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On the marble staircase at the passage of the dedication is a bronze statue of Queen Victoria situated on a bronze position of authority wearing robes of the Star of India. Different statues around the building incorporate that of Edward VII, Curzon, Dalhousie and Hastings among others. Another fascination of the commemoration is the Angel of Victory, a dark bronze holy messenger put on its arch. Settled to its platform with metal rollers, the Angel of Victory with a trumpet in her grasp pivots as wind blows firmly. A few symbolic figures like Justice, Motherhood, Architecture, Learning and Prudence in and around the vault improve the British quality of the place.

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