One of the major heritage and historic sites in India include the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. Built of sparkling white marble it draws in large number of tourists from all over the country. It was built during the British Empire in the memory of Queen Victoria. Rising up to 184 feet, Victoria Memorial stands up on a base that is another 16 feet in height. A beautiful and well maintained lush green garden surrounds this memorial and covers about 338 ft by 228ft in area. At present Victoria Memorial is a museum that comprise some beautiful statues and structures of the British period.
The Victoria Memorial was constructed during the period between 1906 and 1921. Designed by the renowned Sir William Emerson, the architectural style of this structure is similar to Belfast City Hall. You can clearly see the Mughal elements blended with European style in the design of the building, which is the feature of Emerson design. The beautiful garden that lay surrounding this memorial was designed by lord Redesdale and Sir David Prain. This fabulous structure was opened by the Prince of Wales.
It is located at the southern part of Maidan in Kolkata. This beautiful building was built of white marble and is one of the most beautiful edifices in the whole of Kolkata. At the top of the dome of the structure, you will find a black bronze Angel of Victory statue standing with a bugle in her hand. It is attached to the base of the dome and acts as a weathercock.
There are plenty of beautiful statues and sculptures which are a par of its rich collection. Most of the structures are placed at the gardens. Some of the brilliant statues that are placed at the gardens are Queen Victoria, Rsam Gopal Ghose, Earl of Canning, Countess Canning, Lord Clive, Peary Chand Mitra, Raja Sir Radhakanata Dev. There are other statues and structures present inside the memorial. Some of the major structures, which are worth seeing, are as follows:
- The statues of Motherhood
- The statues of Charity
- The statues of Architecture
- The statues of Art
- The statues of Justice
- The statues of Learning
- The statues of Prudence
The museum of Victoria Memorial displays various exhibits of ancient Kolkata and relic of British India. For the public, Victoria Memorial remains open all round the year from 5.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. the ticket counter closed at 6.45 p.m. You can also enjoy the Victoria Memorial Hall holds Light and Sound show.