A Brief History
Victoria Memorial is one of the most beautiful historical buildings of India. It's one of the biggest tourist's attraction. It's actual location is Queen's way, Kolkata, India. It now serves the purpose of a museum which contains the proof of all the happenings that happened in India after the Britishers conquered India and established their rule.
Here's a brief history of Victoria Memorial that I got to know by visiting Victoria Memorial, from the displayed history in the hall.
Victoria Memorial was made by George V, the grandson of Queen Victoria, the first queen of British-India. It was made in the remembrance of Queen Victoria and British's success in India. The foundation stone was set up in 1906 by George V and the whole construction took 15 years for completion; it was completed in 1921.
The architecture was given by Sir William Emerson and the beautiful garden was designed by Lord Redesdale and Sir David Prain. The whole building covers an area of 64 acres and has a length of 338 feet, breadth 228 feet and height 184 feet.The marbles used in its construction is the same one that is used in the construction of The Taj Mahal, that is, the Makrana Marbles.
One fact is that British government didn't even spent a single penny for its construction. The money was taken from British-Indian states and some of those individuals who wanted some favor from Britishers.
However, it only takes 10 minutes from my home to reach this monument I never got chance to visit this amazing place. It's visible from my home as well. Have a look on the scene that's visible from the balcony of my home.
So you can see it's not that far from my home. But finally I got the chance to go there and watch it from the closest point. And believe me I'm in love with it. However I was a bit disappointed because photography is inhibited inside the building, but no issues. I can explain what I saw. It's so huge that it was not completely fitting on my camera lens that's why I took a pic of whole view from Google (the topmost picture).
So let's get started.
Let's start with the gate.
This gate is so royal in appearance that I wished to take it home. Have a close look on the central part of the gate.
As you move in from the front gate, you get this view...
As I moved further, I saw the beautiful gardens and the path was decorated with the palm trees. I loved moving through it!
Before you enter the main building you get this statue of queen Victoria.
Now, below is the side, close view of the monument. It looks so amazing.
The Angel of Victory
At the top of the building, there is a statue of an angel, known as the angel of victory that represents the victory of Britishers in India.
Now, the entrance is as amazing as the rest of the building with some very nice designs on the walls. And there's a small black canon (as corrected by a fellow hubber!).
Inside the monument
After this, we entered the monument and it's so huge and beautiful from inside. I can't present the pics as I mentioned earlier that photography is inhibited inside the monument. But I can explain what I saw.
First of all when you enter, on the right side there's a statue of George V and on the left side there is a statue of queen Mary, wife of George V. Then in the middle of the monument, you'll find a statue of Queen Victoria. There are many more statues of some of the officers of the British government. Apart from this the whole building is full of history. It has the complete account of the chapters that happened in India along with the real pictures of Indian freedom fighters. The displayed swords, rifles, tanks and all the other war materials increases it's beauty. And you can also find the clothing materials of Nawab Mir Jafar and some of the gifts that they presented to queen Mary and a lot more things. A lot of things about Indian culture is also preserved there. All the pictures are well described and it's amazing to watch all those things.
Here's a few more snapshots.
And then there's a same gate on the back as on the front. The following garden view is from the entrance... Please excuse the crowd! :)
And at last, but not the least. You can take a royal ride on horse cart at the cost of Rs 100/- I guess.
I enjoyed a lot. It's so huge that I think a whole day is required to watch all of the things. And my advice is that if you ever got the chance to visit West Bengal then you must go and visit Victoria Memorial. You can't miss that one. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did.
Sneha Sunny (author) from India on May 23, 2013:
@sameer.. Thank you. :)
Sameer Anand from Pilani (India) on May 09, 2013:
Beautiful pictures Sneha! Quite clear and detailed.
Brett C from Asia on May 11, 2012:
Interesting hub and good photos. I liked the intricately detailed horse carriages.
Shared, up and interesting.
Sneha Sunny (author) from India on October 05, 2011:
V Kumar on October 05, 2011:
Nice photographs. Nice Hub.
thumbi7 on September 14, 2011:
Very good description and clear photos. I liked it
Sneha Sunny (author) from India on September 09, 2011:
Thanks rochelle......... yeah, it's one of the most beautiful historical monuments of India. I too love it.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on August 27, 2011:
Quite an impressive building. You did a good job with the photos, too.
Sneha Sunny (author) from India on July 27, 2011:
thanks for commenting.....@shibaditya
Shibaditya Ray from Santiniketan on July 26, 2011:
Very lucid description with vivid photographs. I liked it.
Sneha Sunny (author) from India on July 26, 2011:
Oh....lol.... thanks for telling me what it is called. Honestly I didn't knew. That's why I used to call it a "tank". Thanks for commenting.
RedElf from Canada on July 25, 2011:
The "tank" is actually an old-fashioned cannon, but your photos are quite lovely. Thanks for sharing your visit.