Shot taken inside the premises of Victoria Memorial..
About Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India:-
The Victoria Memorial (Victoria Memorial Hall) is a large marble building in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly river, near Jawaharlal Nehru road.
In January 1901, on the death of Queen Victoria, Lord Curzon (1, Viceroy of India, suggested the creation of a fitting memorial. He proposed the construction of a grand building with a museum and gardens. Curzon said,
"Let us, therefore, have a building, stately, spacious, monumental and grand, to which every newcomer in Calcutta will turn, to which all the resident population, European and Native, will flock, where all classes will learn the lessons of history, and see revived before their eyes the marvels of the past."
The Prince of Wales, later King George V, laid the foundation stone on 4 January 1906 and it was formally opened to the public in 1921. In 1912, before the Victoria Memorial was finished, King George V announced the transfer of the capital of India from Calcutta to New Delhi. Thus, the Victoria Memorial was built in what would be a provincial city rather than a capital.
The Victoria Memorial's architect was William Emerson (1843–1924), president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The design is in the Indo-Saracenic revivalist style. This style uses a mixture of British and Mughal elements as well as Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architectural influences. The building is 338 feet (103 m) by 228 feet (69 m) and rises to a height of 184 feet (56 m). It is constructed of white Makrana marble. The gardens of the Victoria Memorial were designed by Lord Redesdale and David Prain. Emerson's assistant, Vincent J. Esch designed the bridge of the north aspect and the garden gates.
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lousat (71297) 2014-05-03 15:04
Hi Indrasish,a very nice capture with the beautiful architechture in background and a lot of space dedicate to this big tree,great exposure of the different light levels and fine detail too,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (19949) 2014-05-04 7:33
This is wonderful, the tree seems ancient with its long twisting arms, and seems to be reaching out to touch this beautiful building. And who can blame it, since I first discovered this monument here on TE, I am eager to someday see it myself. The play of light and shadow is really appealing too.
Thanks as always
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2695)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-10
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18 55mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kolkata (My city) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 11:00