Things to see / do in Victoria Memorial Hall , Kolkata

colonial buildings / pictures / manuscripts / statues / letters / light and sound show in Victoria Memorial Hall

Set in the midst of 64 acres of lawns, fountains, and herbaceous borders this supreme symbol of the British, houses artifact illustrating British ancestry in India. The building covers a region of 103.02 m by 69.49 m.196080 cft of Makrana marble was brought from Jodhpur, Rajasthan for its construction. It has been considered that a goods train about 27 km long would be necessary to fetch the entire building materials required for the memorial. Statues of former British rulers sculpt by Italian craftsmen that used to beautify street corners all the way alongside Chowringhee and the Maidan, are at the present scattered around the huge garden of the monument.

The 'H' shaped memorial consists of plentiful hybrid features; it has Italian-style statues over its entry, Mughal domes in its corners and tall well-designed open curved colonnades all along its sides. There are 3000 exhibits in 25 galleries in a chamber underneath the dome. Chief entrance is from the north. A bronze statue of Queen Victoria is seated enthroned in bronze at the doorway marble staircase wearing the regal Order of the Star of India. On top of her, a black bronze angel acknowledged as Victory, holding a bugle in her hand was positioned at the peak of the dome above the Memorial and has forever been considerd as a curious adding up to the monument. It is set to its pedestal with ball bearings and rotates whilst the wind is powerful enough.


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