Project 365: Day 157 – Staring at a memorial

5th December 2014 – Kolkata, India

There is a giant marble museum, often wrongly believed to be a mausoleum,
Right in the middle of a crowded Kolkata, that hogs the space around it.
And set in the middle of a green and vibrant park,
It greets one and all. And become whatever they seem fit.
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Had some colonial company today – Kolkata, India

Today, I finally went to check out the Victoria Memorial. Despite being so close to where I stayed, I managed to only go so far to the Maidan so far, catching a faraway glimpse of the Memorial.

The Victoria memorial was opened in 1921, as a tribute to the late Queen Victoria. But a little fact that most people don’t know, was that George Curzon, then Viceroy of India, reach out to the Indian states for financial support, and the memorial was built entirely on money given by the princely states back then. Damn, we must have been quite rich at that point!

The money may have been Indian, but the design was completely Brit. Well, William Emerson, the architect, may have been inspired by the Taj Mahal, as the white Makrana marble and the overall design seems to state. There are some beautiful galleries inside, but I hate the fact that photography is not allowed inside most of them.

Well, I choose to click from the outside instead.

 

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