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Victoria Memorial: The pride of Kolkata

August 3, 2006
Go to Victoria and eat peanuts' was the usual reprimand we received from our parents and teachers if we failed to meet their expectations.

This majestic building, still considered Kolkata's most distinct symbol just as the Gateway of India is Mumbai's or India Gate is Delhi's, is also a popular lovers' spot. With its greenery and serenity, the building compels students to bunk classes and while away their time here.

The stately building is 184 feet high. The groups of figures above the north porch represent motherhood, prudence and learning. Surrounding the main dome are figures of art, architecture, justice and charity.

The memorial is situated on 64 acres of land with the building covering 338 feet by 228 feet.

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The Victoria Memorial will soon get funds from the Calcutta Tercentenary Trust to set up an exhibition hall, library, office room and a small auditorium within its premises.

Once the hall is set up, visitors can catch a glimpse of the priceless paintings in the Memorial's possession.

Text: Indrani Roy Mitra | Photographs: Prabir Roy
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