Marble Palace Kolkata


Marble Palace is a palladian style mansion built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy merchant avid collector of works of art, whose descendants own the rights of ownership. Constitutes one of the major tourist attractions of the city and is the best preserved and most elegant residence in the Calcutta of the nineteenth century.


The interiors are filled with stucco, inlaid furniture and gilt-framed paintings. Many of these are the work of famous artists such as Murillo and Rubens. The latter are two paintings, one depicting the mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and the other the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Here are also preserved large chandeliers, clocks, mirrors, urns and busts of kings and queens. The palace gardens are adorned with marble fountains and large aviaries that house specimens of peacocks. The residence also includes a rock garden, a lake and a small zoo.

Marble Palace is one of the major tourist attractions of Kolkata. The interiors are filled with stucco corroded from moisture and inlaid furniture were attacked by termites as well as the gilded frames of the paintings. Many of these are the work of famous artists such as Murillo and Rubens. The latter are two paintings, one depicting the mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and the other the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The palace gardens are adorned with marble fountains and large aviaries that house specimens of peacocks. The visit to the Marble Palace is subject to a special permit obtained from the tourist office of West Bengal.

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