Victoria Memorial is a famous monument located in Kolkata. It is dedicated to Queen Victoria (Queen of Britain). The British Governor General Lord Curzon built this monument in memory of Queen Victoria in 1905. It is not only Kolkata but the pride of the whole of India. Tourists come from far and wide to see this monument. It is a very grand monument. More than 3000 objects including Queen Victoria’s Piano and Study Desk are housed within the museum of this Memorial.
Queen Victoria died in January 1901. On 6 February 1901, a large meeting was convened at the Town Hall in Kolkata, in which it was proposed to build a memorial in memory of the Queen. The proposal was generously received by the erstwhile kings and the people of India and collected a sum of Rs 1 crore 5 lakh for the construction of the memorial. The foundation stone of the Victoria Memorial was laid on 4 January 1906 by Emperor George V (Prince of Wales). The memorial was formally opened to the general public in 1921. In this way, the Victoria Memorial took 15 years to be built.
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Saturday Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Memorial is closed on Mondays and other national holidays
Top 5 interesting things about Victoria Memorial
- The construction of this famous monument took about 15 years which was started on January 4 and was completed by 1921.
- This monument is also made of white Makrana marble like Taj Mahal, which adds to its beauty, the height of this monument is 56 meters.
- The central dome of this monument is the largest, on top of which a statue is made called “Angel of Victory”. Its height is 4.9 meters and around this dome there are many symbolic sculptures including art, architecture, justice and charity.
- The total cost of constructing this monument was 1 crore, 5 lakh rupees which was collected with the help of the states of India, the British Raj and the British Government in London.
- Its museum has some historical items such as Tipu Sultan’s sword, the stick used in the Battle of Plassey, the Akbarnama written by Abul Fazl, rare postage stamps, etc.
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