The Victoria Memorial is probably the most famous monument in Calcutta and was built between 1906 and 1921 in honor of Queen Victoria, Empress of British India. It is located in the center of beautiful gardens in the area of the Maidan, which was the heart of the British Calcutta, with its parks, the Fort William and the Cathedral of St. Paul.
It was built in white marble in the Renaissance style but put other styles, including the Mughal architecture. The great dome reminiscent of London's St. Paul's Cathedral, while the design of the building is without doubt been influenced by that of the Taj Mahal. The interior of the Victoria Memorial houses a museum dedicated to the Queen and to the history of the British East India Company.
The Victoria Memorial is surrounded by a large tropical garden, in which the sounds coming muffled, seeming a distant memory. After paying our business, we start to visit this magnificent building from the colonial era, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Empress of India. The profusion of white marble and domes highlight the influence of the architecture of the Taj Mahal, although the eclectic style of the building is mostly neoclassical.
A great bronze statue of Queen seated on the throne makes a fine show and there are many Indian visitors who stop for souvenir photos. Inside it offers a nostalgic collection of memorabilia from the colonial era statues of Governors, antique prints and oil paintings that portray a world temporally distant and incredibly charming, that has come down to us only partially.
Under the main dome, There is another statue of a young Queen Victoria surrounded by an exhibition of old photographs depicting the various locations of the colonial government arose in many different parts of the country. The building seems to have remained exactly as they left the British and echoes of the voices of the many local visitors. It is strictly prohibited to take pictures inside, a ban now extended to most of the tourist and religious buildings and absolutely reasonable, otherwise, it being now the cameras of the exclusive prerogative of the West, it would be a real mess of clicks and flash.