Monuments in Kolkata
Some of the famous monuments in Kolkata are:
- Shaheed Minar
- Marble Palace
- Fort William
- Raj Bhavan
- Writers Building
Important Facts About Shaheed Minar:
Type : Monument
Location : Kolkata Maidan
Address :11,Rani Rashmoni Avenue
Kolkata,West Bengal, India
Owner :Government of West Bengal
Height :48 m (157 ft)
Important Facts About Fort William :Address: Khidirpur Rd, Kolkata, WB
Type : Fortress , garrisoned and armoured Army Headquarters.
Controlled by:Indian Army
Marble PalaceMarble Palace stands on the Muktaram Babu Street, in North Kolkata and is one of the famous monuments at Kolkata which speaks of the grand old days of the British Empire. The mansion is famous for its beautiful marble walls and floors, huge lawn and magnificent interiors with which it has been adorned.
Built for residential purposes, by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835, this wonderful mansion is still used by his heirs. The current resident of this palatial mansion is the family of Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. As the palace is privately owned, one has to obtain a pass from the West Bengal Tourist office, 24 hours prior to the time of entry.
Important Facts About Marble Palace:Location: 46, Muktaram Babu Street,
Jorasanko, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007
Timings:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Note:Marble Palace is open from 10am to 4pm on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.)
Phone:033 2269 3310
Raj BhavanRaj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal. Built in 1803 it was known as the Government House in the pre-independence days. It is one of the finest examples of British architecture in Calcutta. Raj Bhavan was designed by Mr. Charles Wyatt of the Bengal Engineers and constructed as the residence of the Governor-General of India. The three storied Raj Bhavan building with a huge central area consisting of large halls has curved corridors on all four sides radiating to detached wings, each constituting a house in itself. There are about 60 rooms in Raj Bhavan, beside public halls, verandahs, porticos, banquets & halls and the sumptuous throne room.
The residential portion is divided into four suites. The Prince of Wales Suite in the north-west wing of the first floor is where the President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister of India and head of state of other nations reside when visiting the state of West Bengal. The Wellesley Suite is located on the second floor in the north-eastern wing, the Dufferin Suite is on the second floor of north-west wing, and the fourth suite is the Anderson Suite.
Important Facts About Raj Bhavan Kolkata :Construction started :1799
Owner :Government of West Bengal
Floor area : 84,000 sq. ft
Number of rooms : 60
Writers' BuildingThe importance of Writers Building is not to be neglected. Centuries ago during the British Raj it formed an epicenter of all political decisions and so is the situation today when it is secretariat building of the Government of West Bengal. Such is the legacy of this place that it occupies top slot in the wish list of tourist and visitors traveling to Kolkata. Red surface of exposed brick with Greco-Roman look, spacious verandah, imposing iconic columns are some of the features of this building.
Important Facts About Writers' Building :Construction started :1777
Owner : Government of West Bengal
Architect : Thomas Lyon
Once you are in Kolkata you must take out some time to visit these popular monuments that reminds one of colonial past and also about the richness & diversity of its city life.