A stately memorial to remember Queen Victoria, in the heart of Kolkata is the grand Victoria memorial. The Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, in January 1901, just after the death of Queen Victoria, suggested of building this memorial. He wanted to make the edifice amidst the greenery, and Kolkata was the most enthralling option. This marble monument is the most spacious and luxurious heritage site of the city of joy. This building spreads 338 feet by 228 feet, covering a vast area of 64 acres of land. The memorial is 200 feet high, 184 feet just before the base of the queen’s statue, and the statue itself is 16 feet. Voluntary subscriptions from princes and common public brought one crore and five lakhs rupees. This was entirely dedicated to the construction of this magnificent structure.
The expert mind of Sir William Emerson brainstormed the magnificent design of this building. He was the President of the British Institute of Architects at that period. He laid the plan for this building, and Messrs Martin and Co. Calcutta began the construction of this historic monument. The superintending architect was the great Vincent J. Esch. His supervision has created many enticing sites of the era, which are still appreciated. This building itself is a history that people feel and relive once they enter the monument. Under the department of culture, Government of India, this royal monument stands has a pride of Kolkata. The grandeur of renowned historical icons is preserved in this museum, which serves as a treasure trove of knowledge.
The glorious ceremony of laying the foundation stone of this memorial took place on January 4, 1906. The awe-inspiring King George V did the honors. He was the Prince of Wales during that golden era. In 1921 it was officially unlocked to the commoners. This classic structure spreads an ambiance of a blend of British and Mughal culture. The elements embraced in the atmosphere of this memorial make it one of the most alluring tourist attractions. The finest of all, this white canonize has much to explore. People from all around the globe visit this place to take back mesmerizing memories and accession of wisdom.
The marble-domed Victoria Memorial amid beautiful greenery and varied hues of flowers has become the unofficial symbol of Kolkata. It remains a showcase of imperial grandeur. Inside are exhibitions of relics from the colonial past – paintings, uniforms, arms, and photographs.