Shot taken at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata.. This is the Back portion Of Victoria Memorial Hall..
About Victoria Memorial:-
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.
The construction of the Victoria Memorial was delayed by Curzon's departure from India in 1905 with a subsequent loss of local enthusiasm for the project and by the need for testing of the foundations. The Victoria Memorial's foundation stone was set in 1906 and the building opened in 1921. The work of construction was entrusted to Messrs. Martin & Co. of Calcutta. Work on the superstructure began in 1910. After 1947, when India gained independence, additions were made.
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lousat (98221) 2014-05-21 2:03
Hi Indrasish,this building made in english style is absolutely beautiful.Great capture,very well exposed and made with fine detail,the colors are bit green.Interesting note about the Victoria memorial,very useful post! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
jhm (160851) 2014-05-21 4:33
Maybe one small remark, I would the building, horizontal places on these wonderful picture.
Also a lovely architectural picture with these facade as example of the good old architecture.
A nice composition, pleasant presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
annjackman (21903) 2014-05-21 9:15
I haven't visted Kolkata but have heard about the amazing architecture. Your picture shows this building very well with excellent clarity. I like the informal group of people relaxing on the grass.
An interesing image and note.
Kind Regards, Ann
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-21 13:23
This architecture is really impressive due to its fantastic design and number of interesting decorations. Beautiful one! Very well presented with great level of sharpness and light management. TFS.
Noel_Byrne (33714) 2014-05-22 10:30
I love this place so much since I learned of it, such an imposing, majestic and palatial building. It looks like the combination of a palace and a grand cathedral! I really like this angle too, the people in the shade in the foreground show this is a place that people enjoy very much, just as it should be,
Thanks as always
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2943)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-14
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18 55mm
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kolkata (My city) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-21 1:53