Photo Essay: Exploring the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

by Ekua on January 27, 2011 in captured on memory card,India

The Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s main attraction. Architecturally, the building draws from both Indian and English aesthetics and it looks like a cross between the Taj Mahal and the White House or the Capitol Building. It’s quite a stunning building and the memorial grounds also include expansive and well-maintained gardens and lawns. Inside the memorial is a museum that houses colonial memorabilia and portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Because the memorial is of the Raj Era (read: a relic from India’s colonial days), it is not nearly as popular as it could be.

I decided to visit the memorial before the wedding festivities began. It was early on a Monday, a day of the week when many museums and other sights in India are closed. I couldn’t go inside the building, but I had a very peaceful morning exploring the memorial grounds:

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Sunee January 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

Wow, what a beautiful building! Once again, pictures that challenge my preconceived ideas of what a place must look like.

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Ekua January 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Yeah, the first two days I’ve written about in Kolkata are just a small part of my experience in the city. There are many different sides of it. That’s something I’ll definitely be touching on in an upcoming post!

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andi January 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Great pics like always, love the kids running!

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